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Cohen tapes

The FBI reportedly seized more than 100 Cohen recordings pertaining to Trump

FBI agents in April seized more than 100 recordings made by Michael Cohen of conversations with President Trump, or pertaining to Trump and his businesses, two people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post.

Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, had a propensity for secretly taping conversations, but not for nefarious reasons, his lawyer, Lanny Davis, told the Post. "Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes," Davis said. "He never intended to make use of the recordings and certainly didn't intent to be deceptive."

On Tuesday, the public got to listen to one of the tapes, after Davis gave a copy to CNN. On the recording, Cohen and Trump are heard discussing buying the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story about the affair she said she had with Trump more than 10 years ago.