Published: Вс, Апреля 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Federal Bureau of Investigation raid was linked to 'Access Hollywood' tape

Federal Bureau of Investigation raid was linked to 'Access Hollywood' tape

The FBI agents who raided the office and hotel of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, were seeking details on his relationship with the Trump campaign and his efforts to suppress negative information about Trump, according to three people briefed on the matter.

The FBI also wanted documents related to Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other women.

Rumors continue to swirl whether Trump will fire Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, but so far the White House has not confirmed that.

The raids enraged Trump, who called them an "attack on the country".

Trump has expressed fury that prosecutors could have obtained communications he had with his lawyer, posting on Twitter this week, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

CBS News confirms the search warrant allowed authorities to look for records concerning the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Mr. Trump was heard making vulgar comments about women.

Cohen, 51, came under investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors based on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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But news of the Cohen raid threw him over the edge.

The investigation of Cohen, which was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller III to the US attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, appears to be focused in part on the lawyer's involvement with payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income".

Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of raiding Cohen's residence and home rather than requesting records by subpoena because what they had learned led them to distrust that he would turn over what they had asked for. "If they're specifically going after communications between the president and Cohen, it confirms the investigation does relate to the president in some way", said Randall Eliason, who teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School.

Trump "is the President of the United States", Hendon said.

A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

Investigators were also looking for information related to non-disclosure agreements between Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels and a former Playboy model.

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