Michael Cohen raid sought 'Access Hollywood' tape records

Michael Cohen raid sought 'Access Hollywood' tape records

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud.

The interest in Cohen's communications with Trump suggests that the investigation is delving into the president's actions, legal experts said.

Three sources with knowledge believe that the information sought was not just to target Cohen but was also clearly aimed at discovering what Trump knew, if anything, about these efforts and any potential involvement he may have had in keeping the information from going public. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein signed off on the warrants.

In a footnote, the prosecutors wrote that while the investigation was referred to prosecutors in NY by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it was proceeding independently. It was not related to the collusion probe, but he forwarded this information to local federal authorities. The warrant also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was searching for any evidence that the lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign, according to the article.

Investigators who raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were reportedly searching for records related to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that briefly crippled the Trump campaign in 2016, The New York Times reports.

The search warrants also listed records related to the release of the so-called "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Mr. Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women.

Trump is incensed by the raid and seething with anger. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country".

The Cohen raids have stalled negotiations between the White House and the special counsel about a possible interview with the president, even though the investigation into Mr. Cohen is not being overseen by special counsel Robert Muller.

An infuriated Trump ripped into the raid as well, repeatedly denouncing it as disgraceful. As for firing Mueller, Trump said, "we'll see what happens", which sent shockwaves through Washington.

Prior to what many are describing as Mueller's unprecedented stunt, the special counsel and former Obama official was held in high regard by a majority of the public. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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