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FBI sought Trump's communications with Cohen over 'Access Hollywood'

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The FBI sought communications that had with his over the "Access Hollywood" tape that captured the making lewd remarks about women a month before the 2016 election, a media report said.

The communications were sought by agents who raided Cohen's home, office and hotel on Monday, informed sources told late Wednesday.

The FBI warrant's specific reference to Trump is the first known direct mention of the in a search warrant, and the sources said it appeared in connection with "Access Hollywood".

The sought communications between Trump and his associates regarding efforts to prevent disclosure of the tape.

In addition, investigators wanted records and communications concerning other potential negative information about Trump that the campaign would have wanted to contain ahead of the election.

The warrant is the first indication that investigators suspect there was any effort to suppress the tape. It was not immediately clear if Cohen played any role in the controversy.

The circumstances of the leaked tape remain a mystery, reports

NBCUniversal, which produces "Access", has long held that it was about to broadcast the tape when obtained and published it.

According to the network, the tape sat on a shelf for years before being discovered during the late stages of the

It is unknown how many people at had access to the tape.

published the video on October 7, 2016. That same day, the accused the of hacking the and meddling in the

Soon after, The Post published the tape and then began publishing stolen emails from Hillary Clinton's within an hour of the tape's release.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 08:28 IST
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