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Michael Avenatti: Cohen hoarded tapes of Trump — and they’re ‘a very, very bad thing for the president’

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In his first interview since the New York Times broke the news that the FBI has a recording of Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer” Michael Cohen discussing a payout to a Playboy model, Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said the reports justify his months-long call to release what he dubbed the “Trump Tapes” back in May.

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“I know for a fact this is not the only tape,” the attorney told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “I think that this is a very serious matter, and I think that any and all audiotapes that Michael Cohen has in his possession relating to this president should be released immediately for the benefit of the American people so that they can decide what happens next.”

Avenatti said he’s “not at liberty” to discuss his knowledge of the tape raided by the FBI regarding a payout to Playmate Karen McDougal or of the others he alleges exist before calling Cohen “one of the world’s great evidence-hoarders.”

“He rarely threw anything away,” the lawyer said. “He maintained past cellphones, he maintained multiple audio recordings, he maintained documents, e-mails, and text messages.”

“That is a very, very bad thing for the president,” Avenatti warned.

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21-year-old Florida man experiences organ failure after recovering from mild COVID-19 case

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A 21-year-old Florida man thought he had recovered from a mild case of COVID-19, and then he wound up in the hospital as his organs began shutting down.

Spencer Rollyson, of Canaveral Groves, tested positive for the coronavirus in May, but he started getting back to normal life after experiencing mild symptoms and then testing negative after those went away, reported WESH-TV.

"Little bit of a cough, a slight fever of 99.4, I think, for the first couple of days and then after that, I lost smell for about two and a half weeks and that was my only symptom for the entire two weeks," Rollyson said. "On May 21 is the day I got my negative tests results finally."

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‘Was I unmasked?’: Trump appears to admit speaking with foreigners being monitored when he was a candidate

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President Donald Trump wants to know how many times he was "unmasked" while he was a candidate for the Oval Office. That would mean he appears to know now he was talking to foreign individuals who were being monitored - and some would likely want to know who and why.

Unmasking is the lawful process of identifying a U.S. citizen or legal resident who was speaking to a foreign person or government that U.S. intelligence agents are monitoring. It can be used to determine if they were caught in any illicit activity, or might be a target of illegal activity.

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Spain again grapples with Europe’s worst virus infection rate

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Just seven weeks after bringing its first coronavirus wave under control, experts say Spain is once again in a "critical" situation with the worst infection rate in Western Europe.

The country reported an average of 4,923 new daily cases of the respiratory disease during the last seven days, a higher amount than that of Britain, France, Germany and Italy combined, according to a tally compiled by AFP based on official figures.

Spain counts 95 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, compared to 24 in France, 17 in Britain, 13 in Germany and just eight in Italy, the first country outside of China to be hit hard by the pandemic.

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