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Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti on Trump-Cohen tape: 'I know this is the tip of the iceberg'

Kevin Breuninger
Avenatti had alleged the existence of Cohen's recordings in May during court proceedings involving materials seized from Cohen in FBI raids a month earlier.

The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels told CNBC on Friday that he knows secret recordings reportedly made by President Donald Trump 's ex-attorney Michel Cohen about paying off a Playboy model are "the tip of the iceberg."

That lawyer, Michael Avenatti , had alleged the existence of Cohen's recordings in May during court proceedings involving materials seized from Cohen in FBI raids a month earlier.

"Back on May 30, in front of the federal courthouse, I demanded the release of the trump tapes and disclosed their existence at that time, and I am once again demanding the release of all audio recordings made of Donald Trump," Avenatti said.

At that time, Avenatti suggested the recordings could potentially relate to his client Daniels, who is suing Trump and Cohen to void a contract she signed that prevents her from discussing an alleged affair with Trump from years earlier.

When asked whether he believed tapes made by Cohen related to Daniels exist, Avenatti indicated that he did.

"I think this the tip of the iceberg," he said. Asked to clarify, Avenatti rephrased: ”I know this is the tip of the iceberg."

A lawyer for Cohen, as well as Trump's outside counsel, Rudy Giuliani, did not immediately respond to CNBC's requests for comment on Avenatti's claims.

Avenatti was reacting to a new report from The New York Times on Friday, that said Cohen recorded a conversation with Trump two months before the 2016 election in which Trump and Cohen discussed payments to ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal . She had alleged she had an affair with Trump.

One of the reporters on the Times' story, Maggie Haberman, tweeted that the McDougal tape "appears to be the only one" from Cohen related to these payments.

Asked about Haberman's tweet, Avenatti said: "There is definitely more than one."