Federal Bureau of Investigation sought Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape info in Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation sought Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape info in Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation sought Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape info in Cohen raid

Agents also searched for evidence on whether Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the 2016 presidential race, the article said. But a group of bi-partisan senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would protect the special counsel if the president moves to fire him.

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who searched Cohen wanted "all records" related to the tape during their Monday raid.

They were seeking information on payments made by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, a person familiar with the matter said.

Prosecutors are interested in whether Cohen, who had no official role in the 2016 campaign, co-ordinated with it to quash the release of anything detrimental to it and whether that violated campaign finance laws - a new front in the investigation into Cohen.

The new details could explain why Trump was so incensed about the raid.

Trump has long expressed frustration toward the Russian Federation investigation and top law enforcement officials and reportedly believes they are not doing enough to shield him from Mueller.

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!"

A lawyer for President Trump argued Friday for a delay in reviewing the potential evidence seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney earlier this week.

The Cohen attorneys also want to see which, if any, of the documents might be excluded due to attorney-client privilege.

Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the "broke into" his lawyer's office.

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. One source called it a "search and destroy mission".

An attorney for the president, Joanna Hendon, appeared as well, telling the judge that Trump has "an acute interest in these proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed". There were no other women beyond Daniels and McDougal named in the warrant in regard to the President, the source said.

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