The FBI this week raided the offices of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, in an effort to unearth records of payments to two women who may have signed non-disclosure contracts to keep them from talking about alleged affairs with the president.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that agents were looking for evidence in connection to The National Enquirer’s role in using a non-disclosure contract to silence former Playboy model Karen McDougal.
The agents were also said to be searching for information pertaining to adult film star Stormy Daniels, who Cohen has admitted paying $130,000 to silence her about an alleged affair with Trump.
The Times notes:
The early-morning searches enraged Mr. Trump, associates said, setting off an angry public tirade Monday evening that continued in private at the White House as the president fumed about whether he should fire Mr. Rosenstein. The episode has deeply unsettled White House aides, Justice Department officials and lawmakers from both parties, who believe the president may use it as a pretext to purge the team leading the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr. Trump’s advisers have spent the last 24 hours trying to convince the president not to make an impulsive decision that could put the president in more legal jeopardy and ignite a controversy that could consume his presidency, several people close to Mr. Trump said.