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Avenatti says Cohen has more Trump tapes

26 July 2018

The existence of that tape came to light last Friday when Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed details of it to The New York Times.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney of another woman who says she had an affair with Trump, adult film star Stormy Daniels, said last Wednesday that Cohen has tapes with "inappropriate conversations" between himself and Trump.

Cohen is being investigated for potential bank and election-law crimes. News corrected a story Thursday that said federal investigators had placed a wiretap on the phone lines of President Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen, saying it subsequently learned that the feds were only monitoring the source of calls and weren't listening in.

Fox told the assembled panel that she began speaking to Cohen nearly exactly a year ago, and in that time, he went from considering the Trumps to be as close as family to believing they are strategizing to discredit him as a means of "distraction" from the Russian Federation probe.

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Avenatti also noted that he ran into Cohen on Monday at a restaurant in New York City and that the two had a "very fruitful" conversation.

Giuliani denied that Trump had an affair with the model, Karen McDougal. That recording was among the more than 4 million documents the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in April when it raided Cohen's properties.

Court-appointed Special Master Barbara S. Jones, a former judge, is overseeing the review of materials the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized during a raid on former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's office in April. Trump's attorneys have argued that any payments to accusers would have been made regardless of his presidential candidacy, and that no violation occurred. The National Enquirer bought her story for $150,000 as its "catch and kill" method of buying incriminating information that it may never use, rather they kill the story to protect someone, in this case Trump, a longtime good friend of Enquirer publisher David Pecker. The tape was recorded when he was candidate Trump.

Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 as a part of a nondisclosure agreement signed weeks before the 2016 election.

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Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC Saturday the Cohen recording put Trump in an uncomfortable legal position because it was evidence he may have broken campaign finance law.

Avenatti added that he knows "the substance of some of the tapes".

"It is not illegal if you are in a one-party consent state and what that means is if there are two parties to a conversation, only one needs to know about recording the conversation so it's not illegal, however there may be a question of ethics here", said CBS News legal analyst Rikki Klieman.

"Mr. Cohen's legal matters will not be tried in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law", Blakely said.

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Avenatti says Cohen has more Trump tapes