Report: Feds Tapped Trump Lawyer Cohen’s Phone During White House Call

report feds tapped trump lawyer cohens phone during white house call
Report: Feds Tapped Trump Lawyer Cohen's Phone During White House Call

Federal investigators wiretapped Michael Cohen’s phones and captured at least one call between him and the White House before raids on his offices, apartment, and hotel room were conducted last month, according to a new report.

NBC News reported Thursday  that authorities were electronically eavesdropping on Cohen in the weeks leading up to the raids, which occurred on April 9.

NBC cited unnamed sources close to Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor now working on President Donald Trump’s legal team, who said that Giuliani learned of at least one phone call Trump made to Cohen at some point ​soon after the raids. He then advised the president not to call Cohen again in case investigators were listening.

Further, investigators also reportedly sifted through some of Cohen’s email accounts.

Cohen has come under fire for a $130,000 payment he made to an adult film star days before the 2016 election. That actress claimed to have had an affair with Trump 10 years ago.

Giuliani told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Wednesday that Trump reimbursed Cohen for that payment over a period of several months via a retainer.

Special counsel Robert Mueller, who opened a Department of Justice investigation last spring into claims that the Trump campaign may have colluded with Russia, is reportedly examining Cohen’s payment to the porn star.

Mueller is also looking at a payment made to another woman by the publisher of the National Enquirer to keep her quiet about claims that she had an affair with Trump.

Washington Post reporter Robert Costa posted several tweets Thursday afternoon referencing the alleged wiretaps on Cohen, saying Giuliani was outraged if the report is true.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported last month that the FBI is looking into the  “Access Hollywood” tape, on which Donald Trump, who was not yet president, was caught on a hot mic bragging about grabbing women who were not his wife in 2005.

Mueller’s probe began last May, but the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation on members of the Trump campaign in the second half of 2016 after it became aware of allegations that at least one member of the campaign — adviser Carter Page — was a Russian agent. Wiretaps were obtained through the secret FISA court as part of the case.

The law that outlines the requirements and procedures for a wiretap is Title 18, Section 2516 of the U.S. code. In it, crimes such as bank and wire fraud — both of which the FBI was probing Cohen for regarding the aforementioned $130,000 payment — are listed as reasons for probable cause to obtain the wiretap warrant. Treason is also listed.

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