Michael Cohen raid included search for records linked to "Access Hollywood" tape

WANTED BY THE FBI In this 2005 frame from video Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on'Days of Our Lives with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. Federal agents sought documents relate

The FBI agents who raided the office and hotel of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, were seeking details on his relationship with the Trump campaign and his efforts to suppress negative information about Trump, according to three people briefed on the matter.

In their search warrant, federal investigators asked Cohen to turn over any communications the two men had about a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that captured Trump boasting about grabbing women's body parts, according to a person familiar with the investigation. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid reports. 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. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country".

Attorneys for Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer and confidant, sought the restraining order in hopes of getting the "first crack" at documents culled from their client's Rockefeller Center law office and hotel room. And it delved deeply into Cohen's past, including documents about Cohen's personal and business finances. The news agency said it was unclear whether Mueller's investigators have evidence that Cohen met with a prominent Russian, as the dossier claimed.

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In addition, prosecutors reportedly are looking at whether Cohen committed bank fraud, along with possible improper campaign donations to the president.

The revelation that investigators are interested in finding out more about the "Access Hollywood" tape indicates they are focused on what role, if any, Cohen played to protect his client during Trump's presidential campaign. There were no other women beyond Daniels and McDougal named in the warrant in regard to the President, the source said. Cohen has said he paid $130,000 to Daniels. "The retention of such privileged information from the President presents not only routine attorney-client privilege and attorney work product issues, but also creates constitutional concerns regarding officers of the Executive Branch rummaging through the private and privileged papers of the President".

It also adds another layer to Trump's unprecedented fury over the raid, which could give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a window into some of Trump's most closely protected secrets regarding his personal conduct and financial dealings. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.

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