aside Oops! Did President Know That His Attorney Michael Cohen’s Phones Were Wiretapped By FBI?

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On May 3, 2018, Tom Winter and Julia Ainsley of NBC are breaking news that the republican President Donald Trump’s former long term personal attorney Michael Cohen has been the subject of a FBI wire-tapped warrant. The attorney Mr. Michael Avenatti who is representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against the president, stated on a MSNBC TV news show that this warrant included text messages. In any event, it has been public knowledge that the president has made at least one phone call in recent days to Mr. Cohen, against his attorney’s advice.

UPDATE on May 3, 2018: NBC News posted an update to this story saying that three senior officials dispute the claim. They said that the feds monitored Cohen’s phones through merely a log of calls called a “pen register,” not through wiretaps.

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Here is the rest of the story…

Excerpts from the article, “Feds tapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s phones” (“At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, a source said.”)

“Federal investigators have wiretapped the phone lines of Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer for President Donald Trump who is under investigation for a payment he made to an adult film star who alleged she had an affair with Trump, according to two people with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen.”

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“It is not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized, but NBC News has learned it was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s offices, hotel room, and home in early April, according to one person with direct knowledge.”

 “At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.”

Previously, federal prosecutors in New York have said in court filings that they have conducted covert searches on multiple e-mail accounts maintained by Cohen.

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“After the raid, members of Trump’s legal team advised the president not to speak to Cohen, according to a person familiar with the discussion.”
 “Two sources close to Trump’s newest attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, say he learned that days after the raid the president had made a call to Cohen, and told Trump never to call again out of concern the call was being recorded by prosecutors.”

“Giuliani told Fox News Wednesday night that Trump repaid Cohen the $130,000 he used to keep the adult film star, Stormy Daniels, from going public with allegations about her affair with Trump.”

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“Giuliani is also described as having warned Trump that Cohen is likely to flip on him, something Trump pushed back on, telling Giuliani that he has known Cohen for years and expects him to be loyal, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the conversations.”

 “It is unclear what incriminating information Cohen could give prosecutors on Trump, if he chose to cooperate. He represented Trump and the Trump Organization in its business dealings for nearly two decades before Trump became president. Special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in any information that federal investigators in New York may pick up that would be relevant to his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”

“Cohen has previously said publicly that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights if subpoenaed to avoid incriminating himself before a grand jury and there is no indication from public filings that Cohen is cooperating in the probe.”

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“The Cohen investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the FBI. Investigators are looking into the $130,000 transaction between Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, who allegedly had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago, and a reported payment of S150,000 from American Media Inc., publishers of the National Enquirer, to a second woman who allegedly had an affair with Trump, Playboy model Karen McDougal.”

“Investigators are also seeking information about the 2005″Access Hollywood” tape in which Donald Trump was heard making vulgar boasts about women.”

The bureau’s interest in the “Access Hollywood” tape, on which Trump bragged to host Billy Bush that he would grab women “by the p—y,” was first reported by the New York Times. “Access Hollywood” is an NBC Universal television program.”
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“Material seized from Cohen’s office, hotel room and home included taped conversations, as well as cellphones and hard drives.”

“Cohen has asserted in court that much of the material gleaned in the raids should be protected from the eyes of prosecutors under attorney-client privilege.”

“Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, now an NBC News analyst, says there’s a high bar for having a wiretap approved.” 

“The affidavits are typically highly detailed and carefully vetted by experienced lawyers,” he said. “In all cases the wiretap must be approved by a federal judge.”

“Rosenberg said that wiretaps are usually approved for an investigation into a current crime and not solely for possible crimes that have been committed in the past.”

“This is an exacting process where the government must demonstrate to a federal judge that there is an ongoing crime.”

4 comments

  1. The Donald’s duck is cooked! He better pray that Cohen pleads the 5th and keeps his mouth shut… something that apparently Trump cannot do himself, lol! I sense karma is coming for him, full circle. 🙂

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    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      Michael Cohen will probably be flipped by the FBI. He has a family where he doesn’t want to spend years in jail He can be subject to the New York (state) courts where the president has no power to pardon him. OOPS! Yes, the president and /or his family members are in legal jeopardy.

      Hugs, Gronda .

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  2. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    Wow, now that Giuliani has tossed Cohen under the proverbial bus, by disclosing that he indeed was paid by the King, leaving Cohen at the minimum guilty of perjury during his meetings with the FBI and Congress. I think Mr. Cohen is going to be a guest of the state/federal government for a lot longer than he desires. I also listened to Giuliani’s interview on FOX and his comments about Kushner should make him very afraid of following the family tradition of going to prison. I really don’t think there is a person on the planet that would be safe from the wheels of the bus in the King Donnie attempt to avoid his own punishment!

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    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      This Michael Cohen debacle is a mess which was just made a lot messier as the president and Mr. Giuliani attempted to muddy the waters to cover for what will be divulged in the future as the content within all the stuff that the FBI collected in the recent raid of Michael Cohen’s places of work, becomes public knowledge.

      Yes, Jared Kushner is in serious legal jeopardy.

      Hugs, Gronda

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