Federal Bureau of Investigation sought Trump's communications with his personal lawyer regarding Access Hollywood

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Investigators also sought records related to Cohen's interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources.

The new details from the warrant reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen's unofficial role in the Trump campaign. It is not clear Cohen played any role in the Access Hollywood controversy.

Public corruption prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels.

The warrants also sought business records on Cohen's dealings in the taxi industry, according to one of the people with knowledge of the investigation who spoke with The Associated Press. But the fact that the agents were seeking documents related to the tape reveals a new front in the investigation into Mr. Cohen that is being led by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan.

The FBI also wanted documents related to Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other women. The publisher of the National Enquirer paid McDougal for the rights to her story of an alleged affair with Trump, also right before the election.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, has called the Monday raids "inappropriate and unnecessary", saying Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"It's a real disgrace", Mr. Trump said. Cohen told ABC News the operation was "respectful" and "courteous", but the agents carted away documents and Cohen's electronic devices.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair. Indeed, The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Trump once asked why he could have "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" do his bidding.

Since Monday's Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, Trump has spent his time attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, calling his team of investigators "the most biased group of people I've ever seen". Cohen owns several medallions for New York City yellow cabs that allow them to pick up passengers on the street. "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information! BAD!" The president had been planning to make a decision this week about whether to talk with Mueller's team. "Many people have said you should fire him".

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