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The government has more than 100 recordings made by Michael Cohen, The Washington Post reports, of conversations featuring "matters that could relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking."

Why it matters: A Cohen recording leaked to CNN on Tuesday illustrated the strain between Cohen and President Trump. As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported, the "leaking of the tape is, in some ways, more important than the contents of the tape itself. ... Cohen has totally turned against Trump."

The details:

  • Some of the recordings were made "with an iPhone," without Cohen telling anyone.
  • "A significant portion of the recordings is Cohen surreptitiously recording reporters," The Post reports.
  • Trump is only featured in "snippets" of the tapes.
  • Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, said that his client "never intended to make use of the recordings," and that he recorded conversations instead of taking notes.

Davis told The Post that Cohen "sees himself as alone against the president of the United States, Rudy Giuliani and the whole administration."

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President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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The markets just closed out a manic week.

Why it matters: Outsized — and in some cases historic — moves were evident across the board.