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Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump. Photo: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

Court filings released on Monday show that federal prosecutors investigating President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen have access to 12 audio recordings seized by the FBI during their April raid of Cohen’s office and hotel room in New York.

Timing: Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed Friday that Cohen had secretly recorded a conversation with Trump in September 2016, during which the two discussed a potential payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump.

The details: The McDougal recording is one of the 12 audio recordings referenced in the court filing, a sourced told CNN. It's also reportedly the only one that contains a conversation between Cohen and Trump. The filing did not say who recorded the 11 tapes nor what the other tapes picked up.

  • The recordings were among the seized items submitted to a court-appointed special master for attorney-client privilege consideration, who then turned them over to federal prosecutors on Friday.

What they're saying: A source familiar with Cohen's legal strategy told NBC News that an attorney recording a client is not illegal. "New York is a one-party state. Taping a conversation is the functional equivalent of retaining notes," the source said.

Go deeper: Michael Cohen, the problem Trump can’t make vanish

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Updated 17 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

U.S. Capitol and stage are lit at sunrise ahead of the inauguration of Joe Biden. Photo: Patrick Semansky - Pool/Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris have arrived at the Capitol. Members of congressional leadership and VIPs will soon be introduced. Watch a livestream here.

What's next: Biden and Harris will take their oaths of office. Shortly after, President Biden will deliver his inaugural address. What to expect.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
58 mins ago - Economy & Business

Momentum builds for major antitrust reform

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's outgoing antitrust chief Makan Delrahim on Tuesday endorsed a proposal from House Democrats that would put new limits on acquisitions by large companies, during comments made at a Duke University event.

Why it matters: Momentum is building for major antitrust reform, updating rules that were written for railroads instead of routers.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Trump departs on final Air Force One flight

President Trump and his family took off on Air Force One at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning for the final time en route to Florida.

The big picture: Trump's final hours as president were punctuated by his decisions to snub his successor's inauguration and grant pardons to many of his allies who have been swept up in corruption scandals.

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