Federal Bureau of Investigation sought 'Access Hollywood' tape records in Trump lawyer raids

Donald Trump denies knowing about his lawyer's massive payment to Stormy Daniels

Donald Trump denies knowing about his lawyer's massive payment to Stormy Daniels

As Trump sat down for dinner Monday with military leaders at the White House, he repeatedly calling the raid "a disgrace", railing that he and his administration are the subject of unfair, baseless and misguided investigations. "I'd like to meet him, '" said Dr. Morton Levine, Cohen's uncle.

Agents raided the office of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Rather Trump's renewed calls of "witch hunt", tweets saying "attorney-client confidentiality is dead" and a description of the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid as a "break-in" all reflect a belief that the Justice Department is his personal plaything that should not operate independently.

Mr. Cohen, you said you're not anxious at all?

A source familiar with the matter said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking in Monday's raids for information on payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Cohen has acknowledged facilitating a $130,000 payment in October 2016 to Daniels, who claims she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006. Meanwhile, McDougal received $150,000 from the parent company of The National Enquirer, whose chief executive is a close friend of Trump's.

MARTIN: Let me ask you, in seconds remaining, what does it mean that this raid originated from special counsel Robert Mueller, but it was an order actually executed by the USA attorney's office in NY and not the Mueller investigation?

The warrant also covered emails and other documents that could reveal Cohen's private communications with Trump during a tense period in the presidential campaign. Thank you so much for your time and for helping us understand this. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation. "Many people have said you should fire him".


He has always been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trump's nascent political life.

Still, he told CNN, he remains loyal to the president.

Former prosecutors said by conducting that raid, federal investigators must have had significant evidence on Cohen - and he could be a legal target.

"No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information! If he didn't, why were these payments made?" said Fredericksen.

"Both of those things are bad for America", she said.

"[The raids] resulted in the seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients", Ryan said.

The search warrants served on Monday on Mr Cohen's Rockefeller Centre office and home sought his personal financial information and client communications, including records related to Ms Daniels.

The interest in Ms Daniels and Ms McDougal indicates that federal investigators are trying to determine whether there was a broader pattern or strategy among Mr Trump's associates to buy the silence of women whose accounts could have harmed his electoral chances, and whether any crimes were committed in doing so, one of those people said.

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