Trump lashes ex-lawyer, says taping of client 'perhaps illegal'

Trump lashes ex-lawyer, says taping of client 'perhaps illegal'

Monday it was discovered that based on a court document filed District Court of the Southern District of NY, there are actually 12 audio tapes.

Giuliani said there was no indication on the tape that Trump knew before the conversation about the payment from the Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc., to McDougal.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer of adult star Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen, said he would absolutely consider representing the latter if he provided investigators with more audio recordings which would be detrimental to the president, according to The Hill.

Trump said Saturday it was "totally unheard of & perhaps illegal" for a "lawyer to tape a client". Giuliani said that the recording was less than two minutes long and that there was no indication based on it that Trump knew of the payment to AMI beforehand.

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Davis said "any attempt at spin can not change what is on the tape". If campaign funds were used, that could run afoul of federal election law, according to legal experts. Cohen is under criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors in a case that is separate from the one that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is pursuing. The content of that tape was first reported by the Washington Post. Trump, through spokespersons, has denied McDougal's claim that the two engaged in an affair.

It is not known whose voice is on the other 11 tapes, but Cohen, a former in-house counsel at the Trump Organization, said in court earlier this year that he only had three clients in 2017 and 2018 - Trump, Fox News host Sean Hannity and Elliott Broidy, the former deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee, who impregnated and then paid a woman with whom he had an affair. One concern when the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home, hotel room, and office back in April was that authorities might get their hands on tapes of Cohen and Trump - and apparently, they did. He also said that if Cohen made a decision to become the state's cooperating witness, which he seems increasingly likely to do, he would be more than happy to represent him. At the time, a Trump spokeswoman said his campaign had "no knowledge of any of this". Cohen's recording was most likely legal, as NY is a one-party consent state - meaning that as long as one person involved in a conversation consents to the recording, it's legit.

"Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer's office (early in the morning) - nearly unheard of", Trump tweeted Saturday. "Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client".

A representative for McDougal has not responded to requests for comment. On Twitter, he scrubbed mentions and photos of Trump from a profile that previously identified him as "Personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump".

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