Federal investigators sought communications Trump’s lawyer had about ‘Access Hollywood’ tape | We’re Back To The TAPE again!

A search warrant used this week to raid the office and residences of Michael D. Cohen specifically asked for his communications with then-candidate Donald Trump.

A search warrant used this week to raid the office and residences of President 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.Federal investigators specifically asked for all communications about the recording — which surfaced a month before the 2016 presidential election — that personal attorney Michael D. Cohen had with then-candidate Trump, as well as with his campaign aides.The broad request also sought Cohen’s communications with Trump and campaign surrogates about “potential sources of negative publicity” in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

The warrant indicates that investigators appear to be examining what role the longtime Trump attorney played in trying to tamp down unflattering stories as Trump sought to win the White House.

The interest in Cohen’s records related to the “Access Hollywood” incident was first reported by the New York Times.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Cohen engaged in bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law, as The Washington Post previously reported.

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.

The probe into Cohen, which was referred by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, appears to be focused in part on the lawyer’s involvement with payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

The search warrant executed Monday sought all of Cohen’s communications about payments or negotiations with adult-film star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

In the “Access Hollywood” video, Trump is heard on a live microphone bragging in extremely vulgar terms about groping and kissing women without their consent.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Trump says in the video, speaking to “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush. “You can do anything.”

Source: Federal investigators sought communications Trump’s lawyer had about ‘Access Hollywood’ tape

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