Prosecutors Find What On Trump?
As revealed in a court filing made public on Friday, prosecutors in New York have notified Donald Trump’s attorneys that the evidence in their hush money case against the former president includes an audio recording featuring him and a witness.
According to NBC, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg disclosed this week, through an automatic discovery form, that the evidence, including the audio recording, had already been revealed to Donald Trump’s legal representatives.
The recently filed document does not provide details regarding the identity of the witness, the timing of the recording, or the specific date when Trump’s legal team was notified about it. NBC News has contacted Trump’s attorneys and a spokesperson for the former president to seek their response to the matter.
Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, a crucial witness in the case, had previously disclosed a covertly recorded audio conversation between himself and Trump concerning the hush money payments made in 2016. It remains uncertain whether the audio recording mentioned in the court filing is the same one that Cohen had released.
The filing in question is dated from this past Tuesday, coinciding with the day when Trump participated in a virtual appearance at Manhattan criminal court. This appearance served as a formal notification regarding a protective order that prohibits him from publicly discussing the evidence that his legal team is expected to receive from the District Attorney’s office.
Last month, Trump faced charges consisting of 34 counts of falsifying business records and has entered a plea of not guilty. These charges are related to hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the final stages of his 2016 presidential campaign. The payments were intended to prevent them from publicly discussing their alleged affairs with him.
Trump has denied having affairs with both Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.
According to the filing, it has been indicated that several additional recordings, which do not directly feature Trump, will be provided to his defense team. These include phone conversations involving two unidentified witnesses, a phone conversation between a witness and a third party, and various recordings stored on a witness’s cell phones.