Federal prosecutors have 12 Cohen tapes after Trump waives privilege

Federal prosecutors have 12 Cohen tapes after Trump waives privilege

Federal prosecutors have 12 Cohen tapes after Trump waives privilege

"Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client". 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. The New York State Bar Association, however, considers the practice unethical.

Trump's legal team made a decision to revoke the privilege designation on that tape, multiple publications reported over the weekend and a source with knowledge of the withdrawal confirmed to Business Insider.

The FBI raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in April, searching in part for information about payments to McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment from Cohen before the election to keep quiet about a sexual relationship she says she had with Trump. She has determined they were not. But in a separate filing on July 19, Jones determined that "Out of 4,085 items designated privileged by the Plaintiff and/or Intervenors [.] 1,452 items are not privileged". In the recording, which was discovered during a court-ordered seizure of Cohen's business records and documents, Trump talks about making a payment linked to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. The entities or "parties" covered by the search warrant - meaning Cohen and the Trump Organization - withdrew their designations of privilege for the 12 tapes.

American Media Inc had reportedly purchased the rights to the story from McDougal for $150,000. The Justice Department is investigating Cohen's involvement in paying women to tamp down embarrassing news stories about Trump before the 2016 election.

The tapes are already dubbed the #DirtyDozen. Cohen has not been charged with a crime.

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"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", he told The New York Times, which originally disclosed the recording Friday.

The erstwhile Trump loyalist has hired a new attorney, Clinton White House veteran Lanny Davis, and disassociated himself from the president as both remain under investigation.

Giuliani said that Trump told Cohen that if he did pay McDougal, it should be in the form of a check instead of cash so that it could be properly recorded, The Times reported.

Federal prosecutors in NY are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters.

Another person, she writes, said that Cohen's own testimony could go right to the key issues in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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