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Sanders can't 'verify the validity' of NBC report Michael Cohen was wiretapped

Posted May 3, 2018 12:55 p.m. EDT

— White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday that she could not "verify the validity" of an NBC report that President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was wiretapped by federal investigators.

NBC News reported Thursday that Cohen was wiretapped by federal investigators, citing two people with knowledge of legal proceedings related to Cohen.

NBC reported that Cohen was wiretapped in the weeks leading up to an FBI raid that took place last month targeting him. NBC, citing one of its sources, said that at least one call on a phone line "associated with Cohen" with the White House was caught up in the wiretap.

The US Attorney's office and the FBI in New York did not comment in response to a request from NBC. A lawyer for Cohen did not immediately respond to NBC's request for comment and the White House directed NBC to outside counsel.

When asked at a news briefing Thursday whether Trump was concerned about the report, Sanders said she had not spoken with the President about it. She also referred questions about the report to Trump's outside counsel and the Department of Justice.

Trump's lawyers advised him not to speak with Cohen after news about porn star Stormy Daniels' claims broke, according to a source familiar with the matter.