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Twelve audio recordings seized from US President Donald Trump's onetime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were turned over to federal prosecutors on Friday, according to a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Monday.

In the almost two-hour exchange, which the paper said appeared to have been surreptitiously recorded by Cohen, Trump's ex-lawyer discussed at length the payment he arranged in October 2016, a month before the presidential election, to Daniels, who alleged that she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006, shortly after his third wife Melania gave birth to their son.

Mr Giuliani said Mr Cohen had recorded the McDougal conversation at Trump Tower in NY using a hidden device.

The release of the tape has sparked a widespread debate about the sanctity of attorney-client privilege, and its use in "one-party" consent states. "This payment was made to buy the silence of Karen McDougal". "So sad!. Why was the tape so abruptly terminated (cut) while I was presumably saying positive things?"

Special Master Barbara Jones has released 12 audio recordings to prosecutors, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized from the raid of Michael Cohen's office back on April 9.

In the at-times muddled recording, Mr Cohen says he wants to set up a company to acquire the rights off American Media, the company that owns the Enquirer.

Mr Cohen says: "We'll have to pay". Trump is heard responding, "Pay with cash".

Rudy Giuliani told Laura Ingraham it was "outrageous" for Cohen to tape his client surreptitiously and "foolhardy for them to try to yell and scream and make believe what's on the tape".

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has said the proposed payment was a personal matter and not subject to campaign finance law.

Throughout the interview, Davis painted Cohen as a victim of attacks by Trump, Giuliani and their allies. Most of the conversations involve Cohen talking with reporters who asked him about Trump during and after the 2016 election, according to the newspaper.

Trump reacted on Wednesday after the tape was released, asking in a tweet "What kind of lawyer would tape a client?"

Cohen's attorney has said he released the tape after being subjected to an "intense campaign of disparagement" by the president's team. An attorney for Cohen called Trump's statement "false". "The recording. between Trump and Cohen. confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump", Stris tweeted. "I think what this speaks to is something that Americans should really focus onーthat Donald Trump had a system in place inside of his organization that was devised and directed to deal with the women with whom he had various affairs".

McDougal later sued, claiming that AMI paid for the story with the intention of burying it to protect Trump.

But what's new and especially threatening to Trump's presidency is Cohen's material, of which there seems to be plenty.

Cohen made a similar payment of $130,000 to porn star and stripper Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.


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