The New York Times, which first reported the news about the two women, said the search warrant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids also sought information about McDougal, who was paid $150,000 by the parent company of The National Enquirer tabloid, which then withheld a story about her relationship with Trump.
The lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels says he and his client will cooperate with law enforcement.
Trump is fuming after federal agents raised his personal attorney's office in NY.
MARTIN: Let me ask you, in seconds remaining, what does it mean that this raid originated from special counsel Robert Mueller, but it was an order actually executed by the US attorney's office in NY and not the Mueller investigation? Last week, Trump told the White House press pool that he wasn't aware of the payment at the time it was made.
The searches were authorized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel's investigation.
He criticised Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, and called Mr Mueller's team "the most biased group of people", who he said were mostly Democrats and some Republicans who had worked for former president Barack Obama.
While specifics about the bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign law violations for which Cohen is reportedly under investigation have not been made public, a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday said that Cohen could have provided false information about the source of the $130,000 and the objective of the payment.
Even if Trump were to succeed in getting rid of Mueller-which would be sure to provoke an enormous political backlash, and maybe even impeachment proceedings in Congress-the NY investigation, which is centered on Cohen, would continue. The former Playmate has said she had a 10-month relationship with Trump beginning in 2006 and then sold her story to American Media for $150,000 about three months before the 2016 election.
The U.S. Attorney's Office involvement may be a courtesy because the search is in their district, he said. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Still, Trump "certainly believes that he has the power" to directly fire Mueller, she said, and he has been advised that he has that authority. Besides Cohen's office, agents also searched a hotel room where he's been staying while his home is under renovation. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said, taking a different view on the ordeal than Trump did 24 hours earlier.Читайте также: I Got what was in my destiny: Punam Yadav
Acting with a search warrant, the raid was carried out at least in part based on a referral from Mueller's team to a federal prosecutor in NY. Cohen says the raid was "upsetting to say the least" and he would be "lying" if he said he wasn't anxious.
Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate. In another-an all-caps blast-he blared, "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!"
"His anger is unabated", said a Republican strategist in frequent touch with the White House, who added the mood there is "extremely grim".
But Cohen also could face fresh questions about the statements he made to banks as he sought a home-equity line of credit to fund Daniels' payoff.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's seen no clear indication that Congress needs to step in and pass legislation that would prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Criticizing Mueller for veering into "highly personal issues", such as the alleged Daniels encounter, Giuliani added, "The only thing that's happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify".
Nunes has also spoken in the past week with members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has been supportive of Trump, about how a potential contempt effort could unfold.
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