Federal Investigators Have More Than 100 Trump-Related Tapes From Cohen

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, claimed on Twitter early Thursday morning that he had new evidence that Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen paid off multiple women in 2016 during the presidential campaign.

"If Mr. Cohen really wants to do the right thing, he must IMMEDIATELY: 1) release ALL OF THE TAPES; 2) release the rest of the evidence (texts and emails); 3) come clean about his conduct & that of Mr. Trump; and 4) state in writing he will not accept a pardon". We hear Trump say "pay with cash", we hear Cohen saying "no no no", someone says "check", and the thing suddenly ends. Cohen quickly replies, "No, no, no, no, no".

On Wednesday, his newly hired, high-powered attorney Lanny Davis compared the Cohen tape to the Watergate tapes that ultimately forced Republican president Richard Nixon to resign in 1974 to avoid impeachment.

"I need to open up a company for the transfer of all of that info regarding our friend David", Cohen said in the recording, likely a reference to American Media head David Pecker. The company had just paid $150,000 to model Karen McDougal for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. "Can this be so?"

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, later disclosed the president reimbursed Cohen through a monthly retainer, but had not learned of the deal with the porn actress until later. " Mr Trump interrupts: "What financing?"

"No, no", Cohen says.

In an ABC News interview released on July 2, Cohen said his family and the country commanded his "first loyalty", the first fuel to that speculation. Those are both troublesome things for Trump - not because of McDougal's situation but because of the payoff to Stormy Daniels, which *was* actually completed and which would be a legal problem for him if it's deemed to have been made for the objective of influencing an election, i.e.an unreported campaign contribution. "If you wanted to hide something, you would not do it by corporation or cheque". The tabloid never published the story.

President Donald Trump's legal troubles with his former lawyer Michael Cohen took a damaging twist on Thursday.

The government seized at last 12 audio tapes from Cohen, Trump's former longtime lawyer, a court filing on Monday revealed.

Trump is legally bound to disclose campaign donations and expenditures, and the payments, which Trump denies happening, allegedly made to McDougal and Daniels went unreported by both Cohen and Trump. But it would be a harder case to make if the payment was seen as merely created to protect Trump, who is married, from embarrassment in his personal or private life.

  • Tracy Klein