Michael Avenatti: Cohen hoarded tapes of Trump -- and they're ‘a very, very bad thing for the president’
Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti during a press conference outside Trump Tower. (Image via screengrab.)

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.


"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.

Watch below, via MSNBC: