FBI probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"

Apr 15, 2018, 05:41
FBI probing Cohen's

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who raided the office of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties Trump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report MORE's personal lawyer sought records related to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape released shortly before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Wednesday. At the time, Cohen was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization and not formally affiliated with the campaign. Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Ordinarily, documents or communications seized from a lawyer by FBI agents would be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers not directly involved in the investigation to determine which documents were relevant to the probe, and which should be off-limits to investigators because of attorney-client privilege.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income". The news agency said it was unclear whether Mueller's investigators have evidence that Cohen met with a prominent Russian, as the dossier claimed.

CBS News confirms the search warrant allowed authorities to look for records concerning the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Mr. Trump was heard making vulgar comments about women. Though the raids on Cohen's office and hotel room were overseen by Khuzami, people close to Trump and Cohen regard the investigation as a surreptitious attempt by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to pry into Trump's personal life by using other prosecutors as his proxy.

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.

"He is the president of the United States", she said. Prosecutors can also obtain privileged communications between an attorney and client if they have evidence those interactions further a crime or fraud.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump says in the video, speaking to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.

Prosecutors are investigating whether Cohen engaged in bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law, as The Washington Post previously reported.

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