NBC News issued a major correction to its reporting in the following editor’s note:
Earlier today, NBC News reported that there was a wiretap on the phones of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, citing two separate sources with knowledge of the legal proceedings involving Cohen.
But three senior U.S. officials now dispute that, saying that the monitoring of Cohen’s phones was limited to a log of calls, known as a pen register, not a wiretap where investigators can actually listen to calls.
NBC News has changed the headline and revised parts of the original article.
Reporter Tom Winter appeared on MSNBC to explain the correction.
CORRECTION: Feds have pen-register, not wiretap on Michael Cohen pic.twitter.com/gXLckdKPeX
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 3, 2018
In the interest of full transparency, the original article remains below.
In the weeks leading up to the FBI raid of the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, federal investigators wiretapped Cohen’s phone lines, NBC news reported Thursday. One source who spoke to NBC News said that at least one phone call between a line “associated with Cohen” and the White House was intercepted.
From NBC News:
It is not clear how long the wiretap has been authorized, but NBC News has learned it was in place in the weeks leading up to the raids on Cohen’s offices, hotel room, and home in early April, according to one person with direct knowledge.
At least one phone call between a phone line associated with Cohen and the White House was intercepted, the person said.
Previously, federal prosecutors in New York have said in court filings that they have conducted covert searches on multiple e-mail accounts maintained by Cohen.
Spokespeople for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI in New York declined comment.
It appears that text messages were also intercepted by investigators.
Michael Avenatti says on @MSNBC that he has knowledge that text messages were also intercepted by federal investigators.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 3, 2018
Cohen is currently under investigation for a payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had an affair with Trump.
Rudy Giuliani, who is currently serving as an attorney on Trump’s legal team, told Fox News Wednesday night that Trump reimbursed Cohen for the $130,000 payment he made to Daniels to keep her from going public with allegations about her alleged affair with Trump during the 2016 election.
NBC news reported that Giuliani previously told Trump he should not call Cohen because his phone lines were likely being spied on. Giuliani spoke to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa Thursday and said he could not confirm there were wiretaps.
NEW: Giuliani tells me he can't confirm there were wiretaps, hasn't been informed. But when read NBC report, he was furious. "If they picked up the president, they would have had to notify him." Said if true, wld be a "mockery" of attorney-client privilege and "gov't misconduct"
— Robert Costa (@costareports) May 3, 2018
Giuliani said the NBC News report made a “mockery” of attorney-client privilege.
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