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Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on'Days of Our Lives with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who raided the office of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties Trump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report MORE's personal lawyer sought records related to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape released shortly before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The FBI also wanted documents related to Cohen's payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, among other women.

The probe into Cohen, which was referred by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to the USA attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, appears to be focused in part on the lawyer's involvement with payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump. That phrase has been the kiss of death to Rex Tillerson and Steve Bannon, who served as Trump's secretary of state and chief White House strategist respectively. And they help explain why Mr. Trump was furious about the raid.

Public corruption prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford.

The details in court papers came as lawyers for Cohen and Trump sought to block the Department of Justice from examining records and electronic devices, including two cellphones, seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday from Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box. The report noted that it's "unclear" whether the president's personal attorney had anything to do with the tape. He has called the raids "inappropriate and unnecessary" and said prosecutors improperly obtained privileged information.

Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the "broke into" his lawyer's office. There were no other women beyond Daniels and McDougal named in the warrant in regard to the President, the source said.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump says in the video, speaking to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.

A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

Cohen admitted to paying Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.

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