The lawyer representing grownup movie actress Stormy Daniels is demanding the discharge of audio recordings that Donald Trump’s former lawyer reportedly fabricated from then-presidential candidate discussing funds to a former Playboy mannequin.
The New York Instances reported Friday that Michael Cohen secretly recorded a dialog with Trump earlier than the presidential election by which they mentioned funds to a former Playboy mannequin who stated she had an affair with Trump.
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The newspaper, citing attorneys and others conversant in the recording, stated the FBI seized the recording this 12 months throughout a raid on Cohen’s workplace.
Daniels’ legal professional Michael Avenatti once more demanded the discharge of the purported tapes on Friday.
“Here’s what I stated lower than two months in the past,” Avenatti stated on Twitter. “I demanded the discharge of what I known as the #TrumpTapes then, and I’m demanding the discharge of them once more now.”
Daniels, whose actual identify is Stephanie Clifford, has stated she had intercourse with Trump in 2006, when he was married, however Trump has denied it. Days earlier than the 2016 presidential election, she was paid $130,000 to remain silent in a deal dealt with by Cohen. She is suing to invalidate the nondisclosure settlement.
Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating Cohen for attainable financial institution and tax fraud, and for attainable marketing campaign regulation violations linked to a $130,000 cost to grownup movie actress Stormy Daniels and different issues associated to Trump’s marketing campaign, an individual conversant in the investigation has advised Reuters.
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Trump’s private lawyer Rudy Giuliani advised the Instances that Trump had mentioned the funds with Cohen on the tape however that the funds had been finally by no means made. He stated the recording was lower than two minutes and demonstrated the president had executed nothing fallacious.
The previous mannequin, Karen McDougal, stated she started a virtually yearlong affair with Trump in 2006 shortly after his spouse, Melania, gave beginning to their son, Barron, the Instances stated.
In April, McDougal settled a lawsuit in opposition to the proprietor of the Nationwide Enquirer over an settlement that prohibited her from discussing the alleged relationship with Trump.
In August 2016, the tabloid’s father or mother firm, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 for the rights to her story concerning the alleged relationship, however the story by no means ran.
— with recordsdata from Reuters
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