Earlier this week, thanks to de-declassification from the FBI, federal prosecutors investigating President Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, have received twelve tapes seized during raids of the lawyer’s home, and business.
The former judge reviewing the material for attorney-client privilege wrote in a court filing Monday that the parties involved in the case had withdrawn their privilege designation on the 12 audio files on Friday. The items had been under consideration by the special master, Barbara Jones, according to the filing.
“Based upon those de-designations, the special master released the 12 items to the government that day,” the filing said.
The recordings include the one revealed by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, last Friday that violates attorney-client privilege. On it, Cohen and Trump are discussing a payment to a Playboy model who claims to have had an affair with the president some years before he took office.
On Friday, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Cohen had secretly recorded a conversation between himself and Trump in which the two discussed a payment to a former Playboy model who has alleged an affair with Trump. That recording, concerning Karen McDougal, is among the 12 files referenced in the court filing, according to a source familiar with the matter, and is the only one of the 12 that is of Cohen and Trump.