Prosecutors in the Manhattan criminal case of former President Donald Trump released to his attorneys a recording of Trump and an unidentified witness, according to a document released by the office Friday.
The document, called an Autodiscover Form, describes the nature of the charges against the defendant and a broad overview of the evidence prosecutors will present at Trump’s initial hearing or at trial. Trump’s lawyers and media organizations, including CBS News, repeatedly called for such form to be made public in the weeks after Trump’s April 4 arrest.
Trump is the first former president to confront him in American history criminal charges. He entered Pled guilty to 34 felony counts falsifying business records for payments purportedly made as part of a scheme “silence”.
The document lists the dates of 34 cases between February 14, 2017, and December 5, 2017 when he allegedly falsified records.
In a section devoted to the electronic evidence to be turned over, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg noted that they disclosed to the defense “a recording of a conversation between the defendant and a witness.”
The section also indicates the plaintiffs’ intent to disclose recordings of calls between witnesses and others.
Trump’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The form was completed on Tuesday, which was also when Trump appeared in a hearing before New York Judge Juan Merchant. Trump got Merchan’s permission to Shown via live video broadcastin part to spare law enforcement the massive security process that accompanied his indictment.
Merchan reviewed a protective order he issued, barring Trump from publicizing, or even possessing, too much evidence to be turned over. Trump cannot speak publicly or release any materials related to the case that have not been publicly posted on social media.
Some of the information, which prosecutors are calling “limited publication materials,” would only be available to Trump in the presence of his attorneys.
If he breaks the order, Merchan told Trump, he can be punished or fined “until the contempt for which it is punishable is discovered.”
Trial in the case is scheduled to begin on March 25, 2024.