White House fears feds may have obtained recordings involving Michael Cohen: report

New York Daily News
Thursday, April 12, 2018

NEW YORK — There may be “tapes” after all.

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was known to tape conversations with associates, and White House officials are worried that federal investigators might have gotten their hands on recordings, according to a report.

Cohen, a close Trump confidant who served for a decade at the Trump Organization, was known to store recorded conversations in digital files and replay them for colleagues, The Washington Post reported.

FBI agents raided Cohen’s home and hotel room in search of communications between the lawyer and the president involving porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who both received payments after sexual encounters with Trump.

It is unknown if Cohen recorded conversations between himself and Trump, the newspaper said.

But Trump apparently knew that Cohen was taping other people because Cohen played him the recordings, the Post said.

Experts have said that attorney-client privileges are waived in conversations conducted in the further commission of a crime or fraud.

Cohen frequently noted that under New York law, only one party had to consent to the taping of a conversation, the Post reported.

Trump has long boasted that he would record people, but has offered no evidence of any such recordings.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted after stories surfaced saying Trump asked the former FBI director to pledge his loyalty before he fired Comey. The White House later acknowledged there weren’t any tapes.