FBI Sought Records Related To "Access Hollywood" Tape During Cohen Raid

More details about the FBI raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's hotel, home and office are slowly leaking out.

The New York Times reported that in addition to information about payoffs to two alleged Trump mistresses - former adult actress Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) and former playmate Karen MacDougal) - the FBI was searching for information related to the "Access Hollywood" tape, where Trump uttered the infamous phrase "grab her by the p***y".

Specifically, the Feds were looking for evidence that Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign. The tape was published by the Washington Post a month before the election, and prompted many political pundits to write Trump off (something they would swiftly regret).

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The Feds are also seeking information about the role National Enquirer publisher David Pecker played in purportedly silencing the women. It was revealed after the raid that Cohen is being investigated for bank fraud and possible campaign finance violations.

Investigators are trying to determine the precise nature of Cohen's role during the campaign - he wasn't an official member of the campaign staff (instead, he was still working for the Trump Organization) - as they seek to determine whether a payment to Daniels by Cohen constituted an illegal campaign contribution.

Cohen famously said under oath that he paid Daniels $130,000 - a payment she's described as "hush money" - on his own accord, and totally independent of Trump.

Trump is furious over these revelations, the Times said, because they cross the "red line" that Trump delineated during an interview with the Times last summer - namely, that the prosecutor stay away from his business and his family's financial dealings.

In other Russia probe-related news, Bloomberg reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked a judge in Virginia to issue 35 sets of subpoenas to witnesses for Paul Manafort's trial - which is set to begin on July 10. A judge said today that there would be a hearing on Manafort's motion to dismiss the case before the trial.

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Buckaroo Banzai Jim in MN Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:45 Permalink

"the Feds were looking for evidence that Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump"

I don't know which is worse: the FBI engaging in such egregiously political behavior, or the Jew York Times reporting on it as if there was nothing wrong with it.

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Beam Me Up Scotty DownWithYogaPants Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

Is Stormy Daniels a Russian spy??  How does this have ANYTHING to do with Russian collusion?????  She hasn't claimed she was raped, has said it was a CONSENSUAL relationship, so what is illegal about that?  Paying her money to keep quiet isn't illegal EITHER, since the money isn't being used to cover up an illegal act. 

The INSURANCE POLICY is working AS PLANNED!!!

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Kefeer chunga Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:30 Permalink

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MaxThrust tmosley Thu, 04/12/2018 - 18:50 Permalink

"Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump"

All campaigns try to suppress any damaging information about their candidate. So can the FBI please justify their raid on Trump's Lawyer.

Additionally who ever Trump decided to have sex with should be of no concern to the FBI unless a crime was committed.

To FBI: Please state the nature of the crime committed.

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ZENDOG Belrev Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:38 Permalink

Hey Trump.....bring all those expensive toys and the boys home.....go up the Potomac......the real Enemy is in Washington DC.

Disband the FBI Traitors.....farm them out to INS to guard the Border, if they can do that without fucking up.

Fucking Idiots are running this country into the dirt.

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Karl Marxist Belrev Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

I'm reading from someone's post on Twitter, a re-Tweet of the existence of a film where Hillary fileted the face off a baby and drank the blood. BS? Personally, it is not beyond my consideration knowing what I've come to find out from Shrub upwards in time of who these people really are.

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Ar15ak47rpg7 Belrev Thu, 04/12/2018 - 20:41 Permalink

 

Looking forward to Stormy Daniels post Mortem photos showing her in full rigamortis  and still showing the hypodermic needle with the “hot shot” of Fentynal laced Heroin still stuck in her femoral artery . “Never under-estimate a Porn Star cumdumpster’s ability to under-perform and eat black guy cum” ...enjoy your last injection of Heroin Stormy-Whorey :)) 

 

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MuffDiver69 Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

John Edwards gave a $1 Million dollars in what they called “Hush money.”

Edwards knew of the campaign finance limits.

There was a Sex tape - and he paid for that to be hushed, too, and destroyed.

The FEC ruled that Edwards’ “Hush” money, they actually called it Hush money, was NOT a violation.

That’s right.

 

Seeing this garbage in contrast to the Crooked Hillary investigation just shows how blind these tools are. The exact same thing that happened with Slick Willy is occurring though...normal people look at it as biased and overwrought.

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bobbbny Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:35 Permalink

Specifically, the Feds were looking for evidence that Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign.

Good thing nobody did that for HRC.

scipiotheelder Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:41 Permalink

I think there was a book written about these chickenheads running around. Hmmmmmmm . . . . . . . .  . . .Oh yeah! now I remember. Its called A Confederacy Of Dunces.

Kiss_My_Schnitzel Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:49 Permalink

The scope of Muellers probe was about Russian collusion. Since when was paying off a porn star to be quiet through a contract illegal? This was many years before he even ran for office so how is this NOT a witch hunt? And what are they gonna frame Trump with after they find their evidence of pay off and 'grab em in the pussy' video? Nothing 

PT Kiss_My_Schnitzel Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:13 Permalink

... where he then went on to tell a story about trying to grab a married woman by the pussy but she said no so he didn't get any.  He even took her furniture shopping FFS.

Just him and the boys (so he thought), they wanted to hear a story so he gave them a story.  "You can grab 'em by the pussy" but then he went on to tell a story where he couldn't.  If he had have said nothing those guys would have been VERY disappointed.  He gave them the most minimal story that was socially acceptable (for his visible audience) that he could give them.  Quite amusing to anyone who heard the tape and used the requisite brain cells to analyze the story.

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WayneHinds Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:54 Permalink

once the missiles start launching, all the uncertainty will be gone and this market will rally 1K+ pts like no one's business.   USG is so deep into supporting the banks and markets that there is no way they can have market go down.

66Mustanggirl Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:03 Permalink

“They thought they were just bringing down a President they despised but with the help of a washed up stripper/porn star desperate for validation and a rogue, out-of-control Special Counsel Prosecutor desperate for relevancy they ushered in a Constitutional crisis that would rock the foundations of a nation........”

Trailer for a really bad “B” Hollywood movie??  Oh NO!!!  It’s our morning headlines, folks!

Just remember.....Hillary and the Dems may have engineered this national train wreck but it was the anti-Trump members of the GOP who colluded with them and helped send it barreling down the tracks!  

Take that thought with you into the voting booth if we are fortunate enough to have Midterm elections.

Consuelo Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:08 Permalink

And again ---

Meanwhile, abject, multi-decade long-standing CRIMINALITY roams freely about; laughing, cackling, ridiculing, accusing - and thumbing her/their nose at Justice.

Is the Rule of (no) Law a wonderful thing, or what...?

Mzhen Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:14 Permalink

NBC and Dan Senor (Paul Ryan's buddy) worked really, really hard on that Access Hollywood ambush.  Money was spent.  Sweat and tears.  It was foolproof.  It was killer.  There has to be an investigation on how it could have failed so miserably.

Next Mueller needs to investigate the campaign bringing Broaddrick, Jones, and Willey to the second debate.

Kefeer Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:28 Permalink

Trump needs to fight-fire-with-fire; do it Nero style and blame the politicians, lawyers, religious leaders (Islamic) and moneychangers.  The only real hero knew how to clean house!

Neochrome Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:36 Permalink

Lol, so funny, people were calling for Hillary's head on a stick, now they are poo-pooing Covfefe's crimes.

I am sure if Assange published those records you would just love them, or would you?

Wankers.

Hyjinx Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:03 Permalink

Is it illegal for someone to try to suppress damaging information about Trump during a campaign?!  Is that a fucking crime?!  Than all politicians in existence should probably be drawn and quartered.  Fuck the FBI, fucking crooked scumbags.