Federal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohen's Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump.
The FBI also wanted documents related to Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other women. CBS News justice reporter Paula Reid reports.
Cohen has been referred to at different times as Trump's fixer, "pit bull", and consigliere. Both Trump and the White House have denied the allegations.
Trump has long expressed frustration toward the Russian Federation investigation and top law enforcement officials and reportedly believes they are not doing enough to shield him from Mueller. The very fact the Federal Bureau of Investigation has raided the office and also seized some documents regarding payments made to Stormy Daniels shows that in America nobody is above the law.
But news of the Cohen raid threw him over the edge.
Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation the US attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed. "The searches are the result of a months-long investigation into Cohen, and seek evidence of crimes, many of which have nothing to do with his work as an attorney, but rather relate to Cohen's own business dealings", said the filing, signed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay. He has called the raids "inappropriate and unnecessary" and said prosecutors improperly obtained privileged information. He expounded on the raid on Wednesday morning, arguing that accomplishments by the Trump administration were ongoing despite "fake news".
Trump "is the President of the United States", Hendon said.
The interest in Cohen's communications with Trump suggests that the investigation is delving into the president's actions, legal experts said.
A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.
In addition, prosecutors reportedly are looking at whether Cohen committed bank fraud, along with possible improper campaign donations to the president.
A new Quinnipiac Poll says that voters believe 58-14 percent that President Trump had an extramarital affair in 2006 with porn star Stormy Daniels.