Trump allies fear feds seized lawyer's recordings of conversations: report

Allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE fear that federal investigators may have seized recordings of conversations made by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Cohen occasionally taped his conversations with others and would play them back for colleagues, those close to Cohen told the newspaper.

Now some Trump associates reportedly fear that tapes of recorded conversations could have been taken by FBI agents during the raid of Cohen’s office on Monday.

“We heard he had some proclivity to make tapes,” one Trump adviser told the paper. “Now we are wondering, who did he tape? Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized? ... Did they find his recordings?” 

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It’s unknown if Cohen did record any conversations between himself and Trump, but sources told the Post that Cohen recorded discussions dealing with both business and politics.

One individual said Cohen would play recordings for him of the Trump lawyer talking with other top advisers to the president.

“It was his standard practice to do it,” that individual said. 

FBI agents raided Cohen’s office on Monday on a referral from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, Cohen’s lawyer said.

The agents were seeking records about Cohen’s communications with Trump and Trump campaign aides on “potential sources of negative publicity” ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to the Post.

The agents also sought records about payments made to women accusing Trump of extramarital affairs years ago: adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.