Avenatti says there are more secret recordings of Trump

Saul Bowman
July 26, 2018

Trump's campaign had said it knew nothing about any payment to ex-centerfold Karen McDougal. The content of that tape was first reported by the Washington Post.

The erstwhile Trump loyalist has hired a new attorney, Clinton White House veteran Lanny Davis, and disassociated himself from the president as both remain under investigation.

Ultimately, if President Trump violated the law, then that needs to be addressed. "You know, that old adage, 'You've lived by the sword, you die by the sword, ' is going to be true in this case, because the president knew that his attorney, Michael Cohen, had a predisposition towards taping conversations with people".

Last week, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN that Trump's legal team would be waiving their right to protect a secretly recorded a chat between Cohen and Trump, which Cohen recorded two months before the election discussing payments to a former Playboy model who said she had an affair with the future president.

Cohen has yet to be charged with any crimes.

When the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's properties in April, Trump reacted with fury, tweeting that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

The attorney for Stormy Daniels appeared on ABC's This Week on Sunday, and told host George Stephanopoulos that the tape of the conversation discussing Trump's hush payments to Daniels is not the only one.


"Nothing in that conversation suggests that he had any knowledge of it in advance", he told The New York Times, which originally disclosed the recording Friday. Federal investigators had sought documents in the Cohen raids related to that payment and similar payments to other women.

McDougal claimed that she had an affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his son, Barron. Avenatti is representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in a lawsuit against Trump over a dispute about a nondisclosure agreement that Cohen facilitated.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that it was "inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client - totally unheard of & perhaps illegal".

"You're not in a position where you have been given that information properly", Dershowitz said during one heated exchange.

Trump's legal team made a decision to revoke the privilege designation on that tape, multiple publications reported over the weekend and a source with knowledge of the withdrawal confirmed to Business Insider. "I could have received it from Michael Cohen, I could have received it from Michael Cohen's counsel, I could have received it from others".

Avenatti concluded by saying Cohen can't decided what to do amid his ongoing legal troubles, but the former Trump attorney needs to hurry up and make a decision about whether to flip or not.

Avenatti also noted that he ran into Cohen on Monday at a restaurant in New York City and that the two had a "very fruitful" conversation.

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