Yes, Cohen Had Tapes

News  |  Apr 13, 2018

As first reported by The New York TimesPresident Trump did speak with Michael Cohen Friday as lawyers for both men appeared in federal court in New York City in an attempt to delay the government's review of materials now in the hands of FBI agents.

And as ABC News corroborated the call, it also confirmed FBI agents picked up audio recordings in the raid on Cohen's office, home, and hotel room Monday.

ABC News:

Sources say Cohen still remains Trump's attorney.

Federal agents who raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room this week seized recordings, sources familiar with the raid tell ABC News.

Sources say Cohen was known to record conversations with reporters so he could show them to Trump in order to deal with reporters on certain stories. Cohen was known to record other types of discussions and communications too, which sources say, could include communications with Trump. The contents or details of the recordings seized is not clear.


Sources said, according to the warrant, investigators sought records related to Cohen’s interactions with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006, and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims they had a 10-month affair from 2006 to 2007. Both women said they had consensual relationships with Trump long before he was elected president. Trump has denied their accusations.

Investigators also sought records related to Cohen’s interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources. Sources told ABC News that investigators were also searching for records of any discussions Cohen held about the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape released in October 2016 in which Trump can be heard bragging to host Billy Bush in 2005 that "when you're a star" women let men "do anything," including "grab them by the p----."

Trump, Cohen spoke Friday as feds look into seized recordings, sources say (ABC News)