Prosecutors have a dozen recordings made by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen

Prosecutors have a dozen recordings made by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen

"The special master released the 12 items to the government that day". Prosecutors want to know whether that violated federal campaign finance laws, and any conversation with Trump about those payments would be of keen interest to them.

All 12 recordings were turned over to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY last Friday after lawyers for Cohen and Trump withdrew their claim that the recordings should be protected from prosecutors' eyes due to attorney-client privilege, said the filing by court-appointed watchdog Barbara Jones.

Jones is tasked with overseeing the document review for privilege designations in the ongoing criminal investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether Cohen violated campaign-finance laws, committed bank fraud or wire fraud, engaged in illegal lobbying, or participated in other crimes.

The New York Times broke the news Friday, July 20, that Cohen had secretly recorded a discussion about whether to pay for former model Karen McDougal's story about a 10-month affair with Donald Trump back in 2006.

Trump's early-morning tweet was his first direct reaction to a New York Times report Friday that the FBI had seized the recording during an April raid on Cohen's office amid an investigation of possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Giuliani claims that the recording is actually evidence in the president's favor, as it shows that either there was no prior payment or, at the very least, that Trump didn't know of one.

American Media Inc., which publishes the National Enquirer, purchased the rights to McDougal's story for $150,000 in August 2016. That practice is known as "catch and kill", and it effectively silenced McDougal's allegations.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the seizure of Cohen's documents. Both have alleged having affairs with Trump.

It has already emerged that lawyer Michael Cohen made a covert tape of Trump discussing paying "hush money" to a Playboy model who claimed they had an affair.

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The recordings were handed over to the government on Friday, the retired judge overseeing the review, said in her one-page order. The other recordings are of conversations in which Cohen mentions the president to someone else, Giuliani said.

That payment was never ade, Giuliani said.

Other reports have differed from Giuliani's description.

Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". "I know the substance of some of the tapes", Avenatti told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday.

Neither Davis nor Giuliani returned a request for comment.

In a tweet on Saturday, the president denied any wrongdoing and expressed surprise at the tape's existence.

The source said the clear suggestion by Avenatti to Cohen was to work together against Trump.

Avenatti did not go into detail as for what these "tapes" include, but apparently it doesn't appear to be good news for Donald Trump.

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