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Prosecutors Now In Possession Of At Least 12 Michael Cohen Audio Recordings

On Friday we learned that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen had secretly recorded a conversation that he had with Donald Trump in regards to a woman who Trump allegedly had an affair with.  This audio recording is now in the possession of the U.S. Government.

Source: IowaPolitics.com

When news that this tape existed went public, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti claimed that there were multiple tapes, saying,  “This is not the only tape. I can tell you that for a fact. There’s multiple tapes.”

Now a court document proves that not only were there more than one tape recovered by the U.S. Government and made available by the Special Master who has been reviewing the evidence obtained, but there are at least “12 audio items” recovered from Michael Cohen in this raid of his office on April 9, 2018.

The document (seen below) states that “On July 20, 2018, the parties withdrew their designations of  ‘privileged’ as to 12 audio items that were under consideration by the Special Master. Based upon those de-designations, the Special Master released the 12 items to the Government that day. The Special Master’s review of the remaining items is ongoing.”

Source: Twitter

Essentially the 12 audio items were turned over to prosecutors after the designation of “privileged” by Trump’s attorneys was withdrawn.  As far as what these audio items consist of, there is no more information at the time.  It’s very possible that there could be multiple recordings of Cohen speaking to Donald Trump or other individuals.

By no means does this imply that there were only 12 audio items recovered.  Additional audio items, perhaps those which the Trump team does not want released, could still be under review by the Special Master.

Ed Krassenstein
  

Ed Krassenstein has been a journalist and editor for various news organizations ranging from politics to technology and entrepreneurship for the past 15+ years.

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