Federal prosecutors in New York now have 12 audio recordings that were in the files seized from Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for President Donald Trump, a court filing revealed Monday. They include one in which Trump and Cohen discuss a potential payment to a Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump that had been revealed last week.
Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Trump, told Reuters that the other tapes are of discussions in which Cohen mentions Trump to another person.
All 12 recordings were turned over to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York last Friday after lawyers for Cohen and Trump withdrew their claim that the recordings should be protected from prosecutors' eyes due to attorney-client privilege, said the filing by court-appointed watchdog Barbara Jones.
Lanny Davis, Cohen's lawyer, said the tapes would speak for themselves.
The nature of 11 of the recordings — and the people who can be heard on them — was not disclosed.
But one of those recordings is the tape on which Trump, two months before the 2016 presidential election, discusses with Cohen paying for the rights to the story of Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier. The existence of that tape came to light last Friday when Giuliani confirmed details of it to The New York Times.
Giuliani has said no payment was made by Trump to McDougal or for her story.