When FBI agents raided the office of President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, they were looking for records related to a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Trump, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
A source with knowledge of the matter said NBCUniversal, which produces "Access", has not been contacted by Mueller's office or the Southern District of NY. At the time, Cohen was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization and not formally affiliated with the campaign.
Rumors continue to swirl whether Trump will fire Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, but so far the White House has not confirmed that.
Trump has called the raids a "witch hunt", "an attack on our country", and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client communications confidential.
Ordinarily, documents or communications seized from a lawyer by FBI agents would be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers not directly involved in the investigation to determine which documents were relevant to the probe, and which should be off-limits to investigators because of attorney-client privilege.
A lawyer for President Trump argued Friday for a delay in reviewing the potential evidence seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney earlier this week. "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.
Cohen admitted to paying Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000.
"He is the president of the United States", she said.
The circumstances of the leaked Access Hollywood tape remain something of a mystery.
A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.
The new details from the warrant reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen's unofficial role in the Trump campaign.
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.
In addition to facing legal scrutiny for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, Cohen is a subject of interest in at least four investigative threads related to Trump, including some within the Russian Federation probe.