President Donald Trump crowed Friday morning that “NBC NEWS is wrong again” after the network was forced to issue a correction on reporting that initially said Trump’s longtime personal attorney had been the subject of a federal wiretap.
NBC News issued both on-air and online corrections to state that Michael Cohen, the attorney at the center of efforts to silence allegations of an affair between Trump and porn actress Stormy Daniels, had not been wiretapped but instead had been the target of a “pen register,” a monitoring of limited logs of telephone calls.
“NBC NEWS is wrong again! They cite ‘sources’ which are constantly wrong. Problem is, like so many others, the sources probably don’t exist, they are fabricated, fiction!” Trump wrote online Friday morning. “NBC, my former home with the Apprentice, is now as bad as Fake News CNN. Sad!”
Even without federal investigators listening in on his calls, Cohen still faces significant legal scrutiny. His office and residences were raided last month by the FBI on a warrant issued by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, which in turn had information referred to it from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Cohen is also being sued by Daniels to void a nondisclosure agreement – to which Cohen, through an LLC, is party – related to her alleged affair with the president because it was never signed by Trump.
The president’s longtime personal attorney is also likely to face questions in the coming days about his past statements regarding the $130,000 he paid to Daniels as part of the nondisclosure agreement, specifically that those funds were paid from his own pocket and that Trump did not know about the payment and did not reimburse him for it. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said the opposite Wednesday, that Trump had repaid Cohen via retainer fees over the course of 2017.
The payment to Daniels, made in October 2016 and never reported to the Federal Election Commission, could have legal ramifications for the president if it is deemed to have been made to protect the Trump campaign from political damage.