Secretly recorded Trump-Cohen tape was deemed privileged, then waived by White House: Report


A secretly recorded conversation between President Trump and his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was reportedly deemed privileged material by the special master reviewing a trove of documents and electronic files seized from Cohen by the FBI in April.

Vanity Fair’s Emily Jane Fox told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday that a source familiar with the situation told her the tape was protected by attorney-client privilege, “but the president’s attorneys waived the privilege.”

“Effectively they waived privilege today by speaking about what was on the tape,” Fox said.

The New York Times reported earlier Friday that Cohen had secretly recorded a conversation with Trump in which they discussed a payment to a former Playboy model two months before the 2016 election. – READ MORE


President Donald Trump lashed out Saturday at what he suggested was the possible illegal taping of conversations he had with his former attorney.

“Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!” Trump tweeted Saturday.

The tweet concerned both federal investigators’ actions in raising the offices of attorney Michael Cohen in April and Cohen’s recording of a meeting between Trump and Cohen regarding money payments to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal, the Washington Examiner reported. – READ  MORE

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