Report: Trump Allies Worried About Cohen Tapes in FBI Raid

Michael Cohen reportedly had the habit of taping “conversations with associates,” and now “allies” of President Trump are worried that some of those recordings may have been confiscated in Monday’s FBI raid, The Washington Post reports. A Trump adviser told the Post that Cohen’s habit was known and “now we are wondering, who did he tape? Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized?... Did they find his recordings?” Cohen reportedly stored the recordings as “digital files” and would “replay them for colleagues.” One source said Cohen would play the president recordings he made of “his conversations with other top Trump advisers” and claimed it “was his standard practice to do it.” The FBI reportedly did seize “computers and phones” from Cohen as part of a warrant seeking communications that were “potential sources of negative publicity” for Trump, as well as materials related to payouts to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal after their alleged affairs with the president. Cohen did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment, and his lawyer also declined to comment.