US prosecutors are currently probing Michael Cohen after they raided his office back in April 2018, with the raid securing business records, emails, documents, and recently 12 audiotapes. Cohen is now saying that prosecutors may go ahead and review the seized materials, noting that the “parties” — which one can assume is Trump and his lackeys — no longer object to the government listening to “12 audio items.” This is a complete 180° of Cohen claiming that the 12 items were “privileged” and couldn’t be investigated by the government.
Currently, we are not entirely sure as to what is in these 12 audiotapes, but Rudolph Giuliani has recently hinted on its contents. Giuliani recently confirmed that Cohen secretly recorded a conversation in which he and Trump discussed payment arrangements with a former Playboy model who allegedly had an affair with Trump. The objective of the raid was to check the intersection between Cohen’s business dealings and his involvement in paying off women with hush money, enabling Trump to do whatever he wanted without the media knowing it.
Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels, said in an email that the finding confirmed with he said back in May, that they were “multiple recordings.” In one of the recordings released on Friday, Trump and Cohen can be heard discussing buying the rights to the story of the Playboy model.
Last Saturday Trump bashed his longtime lawyer, Cohen, for secretly recording conversations. He also decided to criticize the FBI raid on Cohen’s office that initially led to the seizure of the tape.
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
The recordings occurred in New York City, under the state’s “one-party consent” law — a lawyer taping a client is not illegal. What’s strange is that it was Trump who waived attorney-client privilege after special master Barbara Jones ruled that the tape was subject to withholding under that restriction. The Trump administration was the one who contacted the judge and waived the privilege, allowing Giuliani to release his version of the tape. It’s awkward that Trump would complain about a privileged tape that wouldn’t have been released — when he chose to make it public himself.
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