Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly sought records on 'Access Hollywood' tape in Michael Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly sought records on 'Access Hollywood' tape in Michael Cohen raid

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is aiding the FBI as investigators look into a $130,000 payment she received as part of a nondisclosure agreement from Cohen 10 years after the alleged sexual encounter, NBC News reported.

A view of the Manhattan skyline with New York Harbor on October 16, 2017. Trump personifies the American financial oligarchy, with its backwardness, brutality and criminality. The ousting of Rosenstein would be the first step in shutting down the special counsel's probe.

The official added that the President's cooperation should be proportional to the courtesy he receives from the special counsel.

People familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press the searches carried out Monday sought bank records, records on Cohen's dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen's communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made in 2016 to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, and a porn actress, Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team...
But the judge who issued the warrant would have to show the records were connected to a possible crime. The two GOP senators said they didn't think Trump would really move to fire Mueller. He claims Trump was unaware of the payment and the president himself has said he knew nothing about it. According to media reports, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized records related to a payment supposedly made to silence film actress Stephanie Clifford about her relationship with Trump.

The actual policy issues driving the political warfare in Washington center on fundamental questions of United States imperialist foreign policy.

Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.

In his few months atop the Southern District, Berman oversaw the successful conviction of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and took part in the announcement last month of the indictment of nine Iranians charged in a massive cybertheft campaign. Still, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters Wednesday the legislation is expected to come up for a committee vote, possibly as soon as next week. As the investigation has worn on, Trump has called it a "witch hunt".

The updates also included Trump's comments on the matter.

"My client @stormydaniels and I will fully cooperate with any search for the truth regarding the threats, cover-up and lies concerning the NDA and $130k payment. Those methods may be proving to have their limits when they are applied from the Oval Office".

President Donald Trump insisted that all was "very calm and calculated" at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russian Federation probe, complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and served noticed that "nice and new and "smart" missiles will be coming down on Syria. Cohen has said he used a home-equity line of credit to make the payment and that Trump was not aware of it. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation.

Mr. Trump, in an extraordinarily angry response, lashed out hours later...

Google is blocking the World Socialist Web Site from search results. "That may be the only way he can save his presidency".

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