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2018-04-11 16:07:09
FBI reportedly sought records on ‘Access Hollywood’ tape in Michael Cohen raid

A search warrant revealed the tape information was one target of the raid, according to three anonymous sources who spoke with the New York Times. The warrant also said the FBI was searching for any evidence that the lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign, according to the article.

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

Previous reports said FBI agents in the search had sought records on payments to Stormy Daniels and to another woman who claimed she had an affair with Trump. Cohen has said he paid $130,000 to Daniels. The second woman, former Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, says she was paid $150,000 by the parent company of the National Enquirer.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are said to be investigating Cohen for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

The Times says it’s unclear what role Cohen played in connection with the tape, but details in the warrant “reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen’s unofficial role in the Trump campaign.”