CORRECTION – The NBC story that said Cohen’s phones were tapped was wrong. NBC corrected its original story:
CORRECTION: Earlier today, NBC News reported that there was a wiretap on the phones of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, citing two separate sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen.
But three senior U.S. officials now dispute that, saying that the monitoring of Cohen’s phones was limited to a log of calls, known as a pen register, not a wiretap where investigators can actually listen to calls.
NBC News has changed the headline and revised parts of the original article.
Michael Cohen’s phones were wiretapped by federal investigators before federal government agents raided his properties for documents.
Federal authorities wiretapped phone lines of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and intercepted at least one call between a Cohen line and the White House, NBC News reported Thursday.
Last month, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump he was not part of the investigation of his longtime lawyer but it’s reported information collected by the raids included information about Cohen’s payment to Stormy Daniels, the porn star that claims she had a sexual relationship with Trump years before he became president.
However, initial news reports said the raids also included possible violations of campaign finance laws.
The Washington Post reports:
Michael Cohen, the longtime attorney of President Trump, is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations, according to three people with knowledge of the case.
Despite Rosenstein’s assurances to President Trump, it’s unknown what federal investigators found in documents or through electronic surveillance of Cohen’s communications.