President Trump blasted his former attorney Michael Cohen on Twitter for secretly recording a conversation the two had shortly before the presidential election, about a possible payment to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Mr. Trump.
"I know the substance of some of the tapes", Avenatti told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" Sunday. So that means the only people that would've had access to this thing at Michael Cohen's lawyers and President Trump's lawyers.
"First of all, this is not the only tape", Avenatti said. But the recording is legal, according to NY law.
Special master Barbara Jones, who was assigned to review seized items from Cohen by the FBI earlier this year, said the 12 audio tapes were released to federal investigators and prosecutors on Friday, though the content of the tapes is unclear. Dershowitz said that Cohen is "not allowed to cooperate with anybody if there's lawyer-client privileged material".
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Near the end of the interview, Avenatti added he recently met Cohen in a New York City restaurant to talk, and he thinks "Cohen is going to assist us in our search for the truth and disclosure of what happened here".
"The only way that it would be improper for me to have it would be if I got it from the Federal Bureau of Investigation or somebody in law enforcement", he continued.
"I can tell you that for a fact there are multiple tapes", Avenatti revealed. Avenatti proceeded to suggest that there were a number of ways he could have obtained the information, including from Cohen himself.
In a statement, Cohen's attorney, Brent Blakely, said that neither he nor his client had cooperated with or provided any information to Avenatti. "He was a participant in it, and he was advising in how it was going to be done, and none of that proves to be helpful to him or Michael Cohen as it relates to campaign finance violations".
"Mr. Cohen's legal matters will not be tried in the court of public opinion, but in a court of law", Blakely said.