A new report has revealed that Federal investigators had wiretapped Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s phones for at least weeks before they raided his offices, hotel room, and his home, early last month.
The wiretaps at minimum were because Cohen is and had been under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan and the FBI, for the payment he made to Stormy Daniels on behalf of Trump to keep her quiet. Two sources “close to Trump’s newest attorney, Rudolph Giuliani,” said he told Trump to stop calling Cohen because of the wiretaps.
But this all gets worse, as it is being reported that at least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted. So in other words, a call made by Trump to Cohen was included in the wiretaps. In addition, Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti claims he has knowledge that text messages were also intercepted by the FBI.
Michael Avenatti says on @MSNBC that he has knowledge that text messages were also intercepted by federal investigators.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 3, 2018
Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg, clarified that there is a incredibly high bar for having a wiretap approved and that they are mainly used for crimes currently being committed. “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. This is an exacting process where the government must demonstrate to a federal judge that there is an ongoing crime.”
Trump may have already been trying to be careful as he knew he was under the scope of the FBI’s investigations since last year, so a lot depends on how long Cohen was being wiretapped. But Trump being Trump, he may have figured he was safe talking to Cohen because of attorney client privilege. Regardless, the fact is that calls from the White House are part of an FBI wiretap operation that is looking into Federal level crimes.