Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who raided the home, office and hotel of Donald Trump's personal lawyer sought communications that Trump had with attorney Michael Cohen and others regarding the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women that surfaced a month before the election, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The search warrants also listed records related to the release of the so-called "Access Hollywood" tape, in which Mr. Trump is heard making vulgar comments about women.
Investigators for special counsel Robert Mueller have evidence Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany in late summer 2016, McClatchy reported, citing two unnamed sources. Both Trump and the White House have denied the allegations.
The "Russian connection" is also alive and kicking as far as #Donald Trump is concerned and the president cannot be a happy man. Trump may feel under siege and in his present state of mind could sack the chief prosecutor Mueller, though he is not directly concerned with this raid.
Michael Cohen's office was raided by investigators Monday morning.
The Cohen attorneys also want to see which, if any, of the documents might be excluded due to attorney-client privilege. He has called the raids "inappropriate and unnecessary" and said prosecutors improperly obtained privileged information. But, as the Times notes, the fact that agents were looking for documents related to the tape exposed a "new front" in the investigation into Cohen by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan.
Cohen admitted to paying Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000. "If they're specifically going after communications between the president and Cohen, it confirms the investigation does relate to the president in some way", said Randall Eliason, who teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School.
The circumstances of the leaked Access Hollywood tape remain something of a mystery.
The details in court papers came as lawyers for Cohen and Trump sought to block the Department of Justice from examining records and electronic devices, including two cellphones, seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday from Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box.
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.