Just when President Donald Trump didn’t think the growing scandal involving hush money paid by Michael Cohen to adult film star Stormy Daniels couldn’t get any worse, a new report suggests that federal investigators may have Trump on tape discussing the matter with Cohen.
NBC News is reporting that the FBI wiretapped Cohen’s phones at least two weeks before the raid on his law office and personal residence, and one of the calls intercepted was placed to the White House:
“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.”
In previous court filings, federal prosecutors have revealed that they had conducted court-authorized searches on Cohen’s various email accounts.
While it isn’t clear whether or not the recorded call made from Cohen to the White House was to the president, Trump has previously been warned not to have contact with Cohen since he’s under active investigation by federal authorities:
“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.”
NBC also notes that Giuliani has informed Trump that his former attorney will likely flip on him in order to lessen his own legal exposure:
“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.”
The mind reels with the possible tweets the president will send out in response to this latest news.
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