Prosecutors in New York have knowledgeable attorneys for Donald Trump that the proof of their hush cash case in opposition to the previous president contains an audio recording of him and a witness, a court docket submitting made public Friday exhibits.
Manhattan District Lawyer Alvin Bragg’s workplace made the disclosure in a submitting this week known as an computerized discovery type and stated the proof had already been disclosed to Trump’s attorneys.
The submitting doesn’t determine the witness or say when the recording was made or when Trump’s legal professionals had been made conscious of it. NBC Information has reached out to attorneys and a spokesperson for Trump for a response.
A key witness within the case, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, beforehand launched a secretly taped audio recording of a dialogue he had with Trump concerning the hush cash funds in 2016. It is unclear if the recording referred to within the court docket submitting is similar one.
The submitting is dated this previous Tuesday — the identical day Trump made a digital look in Manhattan felony court docket to be formally notified a couple of protecting order barring him from talking publicly about proof his legal professionals had been slated to obtain from the DA’s workplace.
Trump was charged final month with 34 counts of falsifying enterprise data and has pleaded not responsible. The costs contain hush cash funds to grownup movie star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal towards the tip of his 2016 presidential marketing campaign to forestall them from talking about their allegations of affairs with him.
Trump has denied having affairs with each ladies.
Within the beforehand disclosed recorded September 2016 dialog between Trump and Cohen, the pair will be heard discussing find out how to construction funds to McDougal. At one level, Trump seems to ask “what financing?” and appears to ask “pay with money?”
Cohen responds, “No, no, no, no, no, no, I obtained …” earlier than Trump is heard saying the phrase “examine.”
The submitting stated a number of different recordings that do not instantly embrace Trump can even be turned over to his protection staff, together with cellphone conversations between two unidentified witnesses, a cellphone dialog “between a witness and a 3rd celebration” and “varied recordings saved on a witness’s cell telephones.”
Different proof contains unidentified statements from quite a few books on or involving the previous president, together with books by Cohen, Daniels, former U.S. Lawyer Normal William Barr, former Trump adviser and present son-in-law Jared Kushner and 5 of Trump’s personal books.
The case is scheduled to go to trial on March 25, 2024.