President Trump’s longtime friend and personal lawyer Michael Cohen has quickly emerged as one of the biggest weak spots for an administration teetering on the edge of collapse. The FBI has already raided Cohen’s office at Trump Tower, his hotel room, and his home, seizing numerous documents as part of their investigation.
The possibility that Cohen’s payment of $130,000 in hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels to cover up her affair with Trump may have constituted a campaign finance violation has also been floated. In other words, Cohen is being boxed in on all sides and an indictment seems likely. It’s just a matter of which crime investigators pin to him.
Now, Trump and Cohen have received some of their worst news yet. NBC News reports that federal investigators tapped Cohen’s phone lines, allowing them to spy on him in search of conversations discussing illegal activity. While it’s unclear how long the taps were in place, NBC has confirmed that the taps were in place leading up the FBI raid of Cohen’s offices.
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So far, it’s been revealed that at least one phone call between Cohen’s phone and the White House. The contents of the call have yet to leak.
MSNBC’s Kyle Griffin reports that Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer, has stated that federal investigators also intercepted text messages, presumably from Cohen and his associates, adding to the growing pile of evidence they’re accumulating.
Michael Avenatti says on @MSNBC that he has knowledge that text messages were also intercepted by federal investigators.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 3, 2018
While more details are sure to emerge in the coming days, these revelations are already stunning. This is the kind of method the FBI employs when taking down drug kingpins and mafia bosses. The fact that it’s being used against the president’s personal lawyer shows how mind-numbingly corrupt this administration is. They’re outright criminals, and investigators are rapidly closing in.