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

26 July 2018

Referring to that raid, Trump called it "inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of".

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that it was "inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal". He said it was less than two minutes long, said Trump did not know he was being recorded and claimed that the president had done nothing wrong.

The Enquirer is owned by American Media Inc ― whose CEO, David Pecker, is a friend of Trump's.

Cohen and Avenatti didn't respond to Business Insider's requests for comment on the restaurant encounter on Thursday.

Yet the recording suggests that Cohen and Trump had discussed McDougal's payment two months before the election.

One of Cohen's attorneys denied to ABC that Cohen had shared any information with Avenatti.

He called it "exculpatory" because it showed Trump had no advance knowledge of a possible payment.

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Daniels and McDougal allege they had affairs with Trump around the same time, in 2006. A court filing reveals that a dozen audio recordings seized by the FBI from President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, have been forwarded to federal prosecutors. Most states, including NY, allow for recordings of conversations with only the consent of one party; other states require all parties to agree to a recording or have mixed laws on the matter. The Trump-friendly supermarket tabloid never ran her story that claimed she had an affair with Trump, in a tactic known by staffers at that newspaper as "catch-and-kill".

Giuliani said the proposed payment was a personal matter and not subject to campaign finance law.

Cohen has not been charged with a crime, but he is under criminal investigation for his financial dealings, including the hush money he gave to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal and porn actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, confirmed in a telephone conversation Friday that Trump had discussed payments to McDougal with Cohen in person on the recording.

In past comments Trump has also referred to the court-ordered seizure as a "break-in", though Cohen has been more sanguine, saying the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were courteous and respectful. Cohen is under criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors in a case that is separate from the one that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing.

A self-described fixer for Trump for more than a decade, Cohen said past year he would "take a bullet" for Trump. He believes that along with the president, Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and eldest son Donald Trump Jr., who he once considered a brother, are all working to undermine him.

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