President Donald Trump was secretly recorded by his then-lawyer Michael Cohen just two months before the 2016 presidential election talking about paying off a Playboy model who claimed to have had an affair with Trump, a new report said Friday.
The New York Times reported that the FBI seized that recording, which related to model Karen McDougal, during a raid on Cohen's office in New York City on April 9.
Trump's current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the Times on Friday that while Trump had talked about making payments with Cohen on that recording, the payment to McDougal was never actually made. The Wall Street Journal, in its own subsequent story about the recording, reported that Cohen had taped Trump in person.
A person familiar with the president's legal strategy told CNBC that Trump was "unaware" that Cohen was recording him. The source said that there are other tapes, but the president's legal team is not aware of any other "substantive tapes." The team knows of other innocuous recordings containing short conversations such as, "Michael, please call me back," and the like.
"I know this is the tip of the iceberg," Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels, told CNBC when asked about the recording with McDougal, and asked if Cohen had recordings relating to Daniels.