FBI Sought Trump 'Access Hollywood' Tape Records in Michael Cohen Raid

Michael Cohen personal attorney for US President Donald Trump arrives to appear before Senate Intelligence Committee staff as the panel investigates alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Federal Bureau of Investigation prosecutors who raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's offices were looking for information on, among other things, the Access Hollywood tape that is widely known as "the pussy tape".

The FBI agents who raided the offices of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, sought records of his communications with the Trump campaign as part of what appeared to be an examination of his efforts to quell potentially damaging information about the candidate.

The FBI also wanted documents related to Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other women. Both women claim to have had affairs with Trump. On the tape, Trump tells an Access Hollywood reporter that he just starts kissing women, "and when you're a star, they let you do it".

The Access Hollywood tape became public a month before the election.

Following harsh criticism from fellow Republicans, Trump later released a video statement in which he said: "I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize". Daniels was paid $130,000 during the 2016 campaign.

And, if any of that information leaks to the Washington Post and the New York Times, as it usually does, the DNC can just shut down and outsource all its work to the media, the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its dark money donors.

McDougal, a former Playmate, was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story and would penalize her for speaking publicly about the affair.

Cohen has been referred to at different times as Trump's fixer, "pit bull", and consigliere.

"I asked him about Michael Cohen", Melber noted.

In addition to facing legal scrutiny for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, Cohen is a subject of interest in at least four investigative threads related to Trump, including some within the Russian Federation probe. Cohen owns at least 32 medallions and has failed to pay the mandatory dues on them in several cases, according to state Department of Taxation and Finance records.

The warrant is the first indication that investigators suspect there was any effort to suppress the tape.

Certainly, Trump's remarks on that video were crude at best and downright abhorrent at worst, but they were from years ago and don't appear to have anything to do with issues that are now relevant. The only person more conflicted than Mueller, he said, was Rosenstein.

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