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WashPost: Cohen Under Investigation for Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations

WashPost: Cohen Under Investigation for Fraud, Campaign Finance Violations
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By    |   Monday, 09 April 2018 07:17 PM

Monday's FBI raid at the office and temporary home of President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen may have been related to allegations of fraud and campaign finance violations, according to a new report.

The Washington Post reported Monday that the FBI is investigating Cohen for potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations.

Cohen paid porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels said she had a brief affair with Trump in 2006, which Trump denies.

The payment came with a nondisclosure agreement that prohibited Daniels from talking about it. That has not stopped her or her lawyer from speaking to the media about the alleged affair and the payout in recent months, as they claim the agreement is not valid.

The FBI conducted a no-knock raid at Cohen's office in 30 Rockefeller Plaza and a room in which he has been living at the Loews Regency New York on Monday while his apartment is renovated. The Post reported that agents took Cohen's phone, computer, and several records.

It's also being reported that among documents taken were communications between Cohen and Trump. The raid was conducted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

In a statement, Daniels' lawyer alleged that Trump is setting up Cohen to go down regarding the aforementioned payment.

Trump reacted to Monday's raid by calling it a "disgraceful situation" and said Mueller's probe is a "pure witch hunt."

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