Prosecutors in New York have told Donald Trump’s lawyers that evidence in his secret money case against the former president includes an audio recording of him and a witness, a court filing made public Friday shows.
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office made the disclosure in a filing this week called an automatic discovery form and said the evidence had already been disclosed to Trump’s lawyers.
The filing does not identify the witness or say when the recording was made or when Trump’s lawyers found out about it. NBC News has reached out to Trump’s lawyers and spokesperson for a response.
A key witness in the case, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, previously released a secretly recorded audio recording of a discussion he had with Trump over hush money payments in 2016. It is unclear whether the recording to which referred to in the court filing is the same. .
The filing is dated last Tuesday, the same day that Trump made a virtual appearance in Manhattan criminal court to be formally served with a protective order that prohibited him from speaking publicly about the evidence his lawyers were required to receive from the attorney general’s office. fiscal.
Trump was indicted last month on 34 counts of falsifying business records and pleaded not guilty. The charges involve hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal towards the end of his 2016 presidential campaign to prevent them from discussing their allegations of affairs with him.
Trump has denied having affairs with both women.
In the previously disclosed recorded conversation from September 2016 between Trump and Cohen, the pair can be heard discussing how to structure the payments to McDougal. At one point, Trump seems to ask «what funding?» and he seems to ask «pay cash?»
Cohen replies, «No, no, no, no, no, no, I have…» before Trump is heard saying the word «check.»
The filing says that several other recordings that do not directly include Trump will also be released to his defense team, including phone conversations between two unidentified witnesses, a phone conversation «between a witness and a third party,» and «several recordings stored on a cell phone.» of the witnesses».
Other evidence includes unidentified statements from numerous books about or implicating the former president, including books by Cohen, Daniels, former US Attorney General William Barr, former Trump adviser and current son-in-law Jared Kushner, and five books by Trump himself.
The case is scheduled to go to trial on March 25, 2024.