Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

A search warrant used this week to raid the office and residences of President Donald Trump's attorney sought all his communications about a 2005 Access Hollywood tape that captured Trump boasting about grabbing women's body parts, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Previous reports said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in the search had sought records on payments to Stormy Daniels and to another woman who claimed she had an affair with Trump.

The investigation is being run by Robert Khuzami, a veteran federal prosecutor whose boss, Geoffrey Berman, is the interim US attorney for the Southern District of NY.

Cohen has been referred to at different times as Trump's fixer, "pit bull", and consigliere. That phrase has been the kiss of death to Rex Tillerson and Steve Bannon, who served as Trump's secretary of state and chief White House strategist respectively.

The new details from the warrant reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen's unofficial role in the Trump campaign.

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

As the Michael Cohen investigation continues to roll on, our Verify team looks back at Trump's "attorney client privilege is dead" tweet from Tuesday.

As the president's right-hand man, Cohen also has intimate knowledge of some of Trump's most closely guarded secrets related to his personal conduct and financial dealings. There were no other women beyond Daniels and McDougal named in the warrant in regard to the President, the source said. Cohen's attorney has said the search was carried out on behalf of the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan in part because of a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. They also asked that certain documents related to the case remain sealed to protect the privacy rights of "innocent third parties" who would be subjected to a media circus if their names became public. Prosecutors can also obtain privileged communications between an attorney and client if they have evidence those interactions further a crime or fraud.

A new Quinnipiac Poll says that voters believe 58-14 percent that President Trump had an extramarital affair in 2006 with porn star Stormy Daniels.

Prosecutors are investigating whether Cohen engaged in bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law, as The Washington Post previously reported.