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could that access hollywood tape come back to haunt donald trump? sources say it was part of the raid on the president's personal lawyer. the national security team meeting in a number of hours. when and how will the u.s. respond to the chemical attack in syria? and house speaker paul ryan's sudden decision to leave congress. how much does it really have to do with president trump? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm alex marquardt. it is thursday, april 12th.
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11:00 a.m. in istanbul and moscow. we will have reports from those locations coming up. and first, what they were looking for with the fixer michael cohen. the warrant sought communications with trump and cohen about the "access hollywood" tape. that is on top of what we know investigators are seeking on efforts to prevent the eruption of stories on two women who claim they had affairs with donald trump. stormy daniels and karen mcdougal. gloria borger has the latest. >> reporter: alex and christine, the fbi agents that raided michael cohen's home, office and hotel room on monday were looking for communications between then candidate trump and cohen and perhaps others about efforts to prevent the release of the infamous "access hollywood" tape. you remember this. it captured donald trump making
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lewd remarks about women before the election. the warrant specifically refe references trump in the search warrant. sources say it appeared in connection to the tape. this warrant is the first indication that the investigators suspect there was an evident to suppress the da-- effort to suppress the tape. we are also learning that investigators wanted records pertaining to bank fraud and wire fraud investigations and on top of that, the warrant involved communications about other potential negative information about trump that the campaign might have wanted to contain ahead of the election. what we don't know is what additional information that might be. alex and christine. >> gloria, thank you. a former white house
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strategist steve bannon has a plan to crush the special investigation. it involves firing rod rosenstein and having the president and all cooperation with robert mueller's team. he is calling on the president to invoke executive privilege. that would render all interviews null and void. senate committeegrassley is amendment to the bill, but dianne feinstein is warning the amendment could under cut the probe. there is a report to congress if there is a change for if the special counsel gets fired. passing a bipartisan bill to ensure mueller cannot be fired without cause is essential. all political interference must
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be removed. that means no pressure from congress or the white house. potentially fierce race to be the next speaker of the house setoff by paul ryan's announce. he will re -- announcement. he will retire at the end of the year. he is going home to wisconsin to spend time with the family. the mid terms played no part in his thinking. >> i was able to make that personal decision because i feel we have put up a majority in a good place. it is making a difference. i'm confident i can hand it over to the next republican speaker. i feel content and confident. >> ryan also denied he is leaving because of the difficult relationship with the president. >> we're very different people. i'm from the upper midwest. not from new york. we are from a different generation.
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we have different styles. what we healearned after we got know each other. we had a lot of friction in our relationship. what we learned is a common agenda and we want to get it done and we know it will make a difference. that is what we were elected to do. >> paul ryan rose to prominence as a sharp pencil deficit hawk. he helped pass the tax cuts to balloon the deficit in 2020. ryan's departure is a real blow to republicans who saw him as a stable policy driven leader. the house gop faces a months long battle for leadership as it deals with the upcoming mid terms in november. among the contenders are kevin mccarthy and steve scalise. they both appeared an alongside ryan with this photo tweeted out
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by president trump. >> you can't see too well. >> in the president trump style. cnn has learned the president's national security team will hammer out a strategy on syria. it is not clear if the president will attend the meeting. on wednesday, when president trump tweeted this, get ready, russia, syria. it was bluster. there was no plan in place for a response. here is press secretary sarah sanders. >> options and all of the options are still on the table. >> the president says get ready, russia, they will be coming. how is that anything but an announcement of pending air stri strike? >> that is not the only option. >> cnn's arwa damon is tracking the latest from istanbul. we understand that donald trump
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and recep tayyip erdogan have spoken about the syrian crisis. >> reporter: they did, christine. we don't know a lot of what took place during the conversation. both sides very closed mouthed about the details. just saying they have pledged to keep in close contact with one another. turkey is in an interesting position. it is a nato member, but has maintain maintained levels of communication with iranian and russian leaders. they were in turkey prior to the chemical attack taking place. there is speculation as to the u.s. and allies and to what it will do with the various strike options in syria. what is concerning to those at this stage living within the syrian rebel areas is what then is syria and possibly russia going to do in potential retaliation to any sort of u.s.
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or coalition vulnerable. they would like to see something more sustained. they would love to see a no-fly zone. it is not just about the attacks by chemical weapons, although they get the headlines and international attention, but they are bombarded every day. they are vulnerable with no one to protect them. >> arwa with that context. thank you. later this morning, the confirmation hearing for the nomination of secretary of state is mike pompeo. he will get under way today. he faces a tough task winning approval from the senate foreign relations committee. senator rand paul of kentucky will vote against pompeo. that means the nominee must woo excerpts from the hearing say he
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holds questionable views on torture and prejudice against muslims. pompeo is planning to say he will increase diversity at the state department in terms of race, religion, background and more. that is a quote from the prepared statements. he is expected to call russia a danger to the country. mark zuckerberg survived the first day on capitol hill, but the second day was rougher. he was hit with tough questions on privacy and ramping up questions on regulations. he apologized again for failing to protect user data. faltered when asked if facebook would reduce data collection. >> i don't think that's hard for you to say yes unless i'm missing something. >> congress member, this is a complex issue that deserves more than a one word answer. >> that is disappointing to me. >> hearings come a month after the trump consultants accessed
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87 million user accounts without conse consent. lawmakers are struggling with facebook's role and allowing election meddling. zuckerberg revealed his data was exposed. admitting the industry needs regulation, but this warning. >> i think a lot of times regulation by definition a comp resources like ours can easily comply, but it might be more difficult for a smaller start up to comply. >> zuckerberg avoided saying exactly how tech should be regulated. after ten hours of questions from almost 100 lawmakers, there is no consensus of privacy legislation. invest ors like. facebook stock raised 5.5% over the two days of testimony. >> the coverage of the senate
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grilling and went harder after zuckerberg. a familiar refrain from the politician in trouble. >> this is a political witch hunt. >> more on the sexually explicit allegations in the new report on missouri governor eric greitens. and los angeles police involving a new investigation with actor kevin spacey ahead. if you've been diagnosed with cancer,
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governor eric greitens. house committee report detailed lurid sexual misconduct and violence against the governor. the unidentified woman claimed he blindfolded her. eric greitens faces invasion of privacy charges in addition to other investigations. here he is on wednesday defending himself before the latest bombshell dropped. >> this is exactly like what happening with the witch hunts in washington, d.c. this is wrong in washington and wrong in missouri. >> the new report by state lawmakers could set the stage for impeachment for the republican governor. the los angeles district attorney is reviewing a case against kevin spacey. the investigation started last december. the case centers on events from
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october of 1992 in west hollywood with spacey and male adult. no other details released. last year, actor anthony rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him when he was 19 years old. a witness in the bill cosby trial claimed she was drugged and assaulted when he she was 1 years old shouted you remember, mr. cosby. cosby cases three counts of assault for drugging and attacking former temple university employee andrea constand in 2004. proiope francis admitted he made grave errors and asking for forgiveness. the pope caused a lot of controversy in january by defending a chilean bishop
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accused of covering up abuse. he feels pain and shame for accusing the victims of slander and invitesvatican. look at this. a dramatic hit-and-run video in los angeles. a car plow noos this man apparently trying -- plows into this man apparently trying to diffuse the situation. people try to chase him down, but the driver did get away. witnesses say she was caught on video getting into a fist fight with bikers. the bikers blocking the intersection is part of a vigil for a cyclist that was hit the day before. horrible. things get ugly on the ball field in boston. yankees and red sox with benches cleared and punches thrown. that is just another day in the
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the 65,000 ton vessel tore the section of the docks away. no one was hurt. after inspection, "msc armonia" was given the all clear. and more dramatic video. night of bload blood and brawlsn fenway. tyler austin hit by a 98-mile-an-hour fastball on his elbow. he charges the mound. austin and joe kelly exchanging punches before getting booted from the game. >> round two. padres and rockies in denver. a fastball behind colorado's nolan arenado. the benches clear.
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five players ejected. the rockies energized after the brawl. scoring five runs to win. i love hockey. all right. turning to president trump. he signed an anti-sex trafficking bill on wednesday. one woman could not contain her excitement. she started dancing and dabbing behind the president. she has been identified by her initials m.a. we are told she was the first to sue backpage.com in 2010 after she was kidnapped and sold via the site. the new laws gives victims more power to hold accountability. guess who has a plan for president trump to beat the mueller investigation? steve bannon. >> he's back. >> more on his strategy ahead. and the "access hollywood" tape is back in the news posing more trouble for the president.
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could that access hollywood tape come back to haunt donald trump? sources say it was part of the raid on the president's personal lawyer. the national security team meeting in a number of hours. when and how will the u.s. respond to the chemical attack in syria? we had a lot of friction in our relationship. >> and house speaker paul ryan's sudden decision to leave congress. how much does it really have to do with president trump? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm christine romans. let's start with the revelations about what fbi agents were looking for when they raided
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trump's personal lawyer and fixer michael cohen. the warrant sought communications with trump and cohen about the "access hollywood" tape. that is on top of what we know investigators are seeking on efforts to prevent the eruption of stories on two women who claim they had affairs with donald trump. stormy daniels and karen mcdougal. gloria borger has the latest. >> reporter: alex and christine, the fbi agents that raided michael cohen's home, office and hotel room on monday were looking for communications between then candidate trump and cohen and perhaps others about efforts to prevent the release of the infamous "access hollywood" tape. you remember this. it captured donald trump making lewd remarks about women before the election. the warrant specifically references trump in the search warrant. that is a direct mention of
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donald trump in the search warrant. sources say it appeared in connection to the tape. this warrant is the first indication that the investigators suspect there was an effort to suppress the tape. we are also learning that investigators wanted records pertaining to bank fraud and wire fraud investigations and on top of that, the warrant involved communications about other potential negative information about trump that the campaign might have wanted to contain ahead of the election. what we don't know is what additional information that might be. alex and christine. >> gloria, thank you. a former white house strategist steve bannon has a plan to crush the special counsel investigation. according to "the washington
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post" the plan involves firing rod rosenstein and having the president end all cooperation with robert mueller's team. he is calling on the president to invoke executive privilege. that would render all interviews null and void. senate committee chairman chuck grassley is offering an amendment to the proposed bill protecting special counsel robert mueller mueller. but dianne feinstein is warning the amendment could under cut the probe. there is a report to congress if there is a change for if the special counsel gets fired. passing a bipartisan bill to ensure mueller cannot be fired without cause is essential. all political interference must be removed from law enforcement decisio decisions. that means no pressure from congress or the white house. both agree to delay until next week. potentially fierce race to be the next speaker of the house
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set off by paul ryan's announcement that he will retire at the end of the year. he is going home to wisconsin to spend time with the family. the mid terms played no part in his thinking. >> i was able to make that personal decision because i feel we have put up a majority in a good place. it is making a difference. i'm confident i can hand it over to the next republican speaker. because of the accomplishments, i feel content and confident. >> ryan also denied he is leaving because of the difficult relationship with the president. >> we're very different people. i'm from the upper midwest. not from new york. we are from a different generation. we have different styles. what we learned after we got to know each other. we had a lot of friction in our relationship. what we learned is a common
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agenda and we want to get it done and we know it will make a difference. that is what we were elected to do. >> paul ryan rose to prominence as a sharp pencil deficit hawk. he touted his role in the tax cuts. he helped pass the tax cuts to balloon the deficit in 2020. ryan's departure is a real blow to republicans who saw him as a stable policy driven leader. the house gop faces a months long battle for leadership as it deals with the upcoming mid terms in november. among the contenders are kevin mccarthy and steve scalise. they both appeared alongside ryan with this photo tweeted out by president trump. cnn has learned the president's national security team will hammer out a strategy on syria. it is not clear if the president
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will attend the meeting. uk officials are expected to hold a similar meeting on wednesday and president trump tweeted get ready, russia. missiles will be coming. it was bluster. there was no plan in place for a response. here is press secretary sarah sanders defending the president's threat. >> we are maintaining we have a number of options and all of those options are still on the table. >> the president says get ready, russia, they will be coming. how is that anything but an announcement of pending air strike? >> that is not the only option. >> cnn's arwa damon is tracking the latest from istanbul. what indications are the syrians are bracing for a u.s.-led strike? >> reporter: there are all sorts of reporting, alex, they are moving aircraft and other
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essentials they may have at some of the potential strike sites such as the air base. we hear from the french they mail be going after the -- they may be going after the chemical weapons manufacturing. u suffice to say, they have had time to prepare for the strikes. there are issues with the targets and the coalition going after and how sustained the campaign will be or is it a one-off like the strikes after the chemical attack in the province of idlib or if there was a broader plan in place this time around. that is what syrian whos who lin the rebel-controlled areas would like to see. for them, it is not just about retaliation for a chemical attack. yes, these chemical attacks are horrendous and terrifying and
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make headlines and cause discussion and action and reaction we are seeing right now. they get bombarded every single day whether it is barrel bombs or air strikes or artillery or mort mortars. when you talk to them, they really want to see an ideal world with a no-fly zone. the likelihood of that happening is not very high. they are concerned about the fact that how are the syrians going to react. how is the assad regime going to react and retaliate? there is no one to protect the syrians living in rebel-controlled areas. they are vulnerable, alex. >> it is the chemical weapons attacks that get the headlines. the vast majority of deaths come from conventional weaponry. thank you, arwa. >> wasting no time is the kremlin with the smart weapons
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tweet. we have nic robertson in moscow with the latest. >> reporter: thank you. it is a two-tone calm sense and saying common sense will win in the kchaotic time saying this i all for diplomacy. the foreign ministry says the missiles should be fired at the terrorists and u.s. missiles were essentially trying to cover up a fake chemical weapons attack that the united states actually put together with rebel groups on the ground. that is the narrative from the foreign ministry and somebody from the defense ministry rather than firing missiles, the u.s. should contribute to rebuilding of the country. of course, that is precisely what the international community and united states and british and french have been saying to the russians. there is plenty of money to help rebuild syria after the war if
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russia will do what it committed to at the united nations which is convince bashar al assad to get into a real peace deal and transition from power. the response coming from the kremlin and others here has been relatively cynical. it is, in essence, you threatening us, bring it on. >> nic robertson there in moscow. thank you. later this morning, the confirmation hearing for secretary of state nominee mike pompeo will get under way. he is currently the director of the cia and will face a tough task winning approval from the senate foreign relations committee. that is the first step. one republican, rand paul of kentucky, will vote against pompeo. that means the nominee must woo skeptical democrats. remarks were released last night and pompeo addresses concerns of the critics. he holds questionable views on torture. pompeo will plan to increase diversity at the state
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department in terms of race, religion and background and more. he is expected to call russia a danger to the country. wall street worried about the trade war. now the dow falling 2% after the president threatened of the air strike in syria. the global stocks are down. concern for investors possible escalation and conflict in the middle east is hitting oil prices. the highest level in four years. the fear is destruction of oil output which could mean higher gas prices. it wasn't just local concerns. inflation worries. inflation will rise hitting the target rate in the future. causing the wild swings on wall street. this would hurt u.s. consumers and companies. he hasn't seen any opportunity
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for american companies in china. s>> because unless you are chinese at this point, the trump administration needs a joint venture. it seems that everybody loves the chinese market, but not really wants it. >> that is it for so long. is that true? apple and boeing and others spend billions in china making it vulnerable to a trade war. >> xi jinping makes steps to tamp down the trade war. familiar refrain from the politician in trouble. >> this is a political witch hunt. >> more on the sexually explicit allegations and a new report on the missouri governor eric greitens. and the los angeles police involving in a new investigation with actor kevin spacey. details are next.
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a former texas nurse behind bars facing a murder charge. 34-year-old william davis held on a $2 million bond for allegedly killing one patient and causing two others to slip into a vegetative state. he entered the rooms of the patients and performed interventions. there could be additional charges against davis with police looking into as many as seven at the mother francis hospital in tyler, texas. the stunning allegations against embattled missouri governor eric greitens. a statehouse committee report detailing lurid sexual misconduct and violence against the governor. the unidentified woman claimed he staged and bound and blindfolded and threatened to release the photo if she talked about the encounter.
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eric greitens faces invasion of privacy charges in addition to other investigations. here he is on wednesday defending himself before the latest bombshell dropped. >> this is exactly like what is happening with the witch hunts in washington, d.c. smearing and lying and attacking people who want to change how things are done in washington and it is wrong in missouri. >> the new report by state lawmakers could set the stage for impeachment for the republican governor. the los angeles district attorney is reviewing a case against kevin spacey. authorities confirm the investigation began in december. the case centers on events that took place in october of 1992 in west hollywood with spacey and a male adult. no other details released. last year, actor anthony rapp accused him of making a sexual advance on him when he was 19 years old. a witness in the bill cosby trial claimed she was drugged
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and assaulted when she was 17 years old shouted you remember, mr. cosby. defense lawyers moving for a mistrial. cosby cases three counts of -- cosby faces three counts of assaulting and drugging and attacking a former temple university employee andrea constand in 2004. dramatic video here which would be hard to watch. the car plows into the man who was trying to defuse the situation. dozens of people chase after the vehicle, but the driver gets away. witnesses say she was caught on video getting into a fist fight with bikers. bikers were blocking an intersection as part of a vigil for a siek icyclist who was kile day before. >> unbelievable. fire danger today in parts
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of the southwest and southern plains. meteorologist pedram javaheri has the latest. >> good morning. this is a story we will follow the next couple of days. elements coming together for gusty winds and dry conditions to go around. with that, temperatures 25 to 30 degrees above average with areas of new mexico and west texas and colorado at the extreme level of concern for a fire weather behavior. one that could get out hand quickly. 35 million people under a threat of dry winds to spark a fire threat. the temperatures running 30 above average in a few areas. it could get cooler tomorrow. to the northeast with we go. across the great lakes. showers possible this afternoon. not a significant rainmaker whosoever. a passing shower -- whatsoever. a passing shower. it will be worth it once it passes. look at new york. middle 70s. boston approaches the 70-degree
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mark. cleveland at almost 80 degrees. it will get cooler for the midwest. snowshowers possible come sunday afternoon. guys. i pick chicago? no. new york. uber expanding its business. it doesn't just want to shuttle you around in strangers cars, but help you rent them. more on "cnn money next." your "early start" weather brought to you by allegra. continuous relief of the allergy symptoms. use as directed. your heart doesn't only belong to you. so if you have heart failure, ask your doctor about entresto. it helped keep people alive and out of the hospital. don't take entresto if pregnant. it can cause harm or death to an unborn baby.
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california's governor jerry brown agreed to send 400 more national guard troops to the border with mexico. he is insisting they are fighting trans-national crime. not immigration policies from the trump administration. it could take months for the deployment to happen. they will join 250 other guards members at the border.
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stunning video from honduras. watch the cruise ship docking. people heard shouting to get out of the way. 65,000 ton vessel tore out a section of the docks. no one was hurt. after inspection, the authorities gave "msc armonia" the all clear for the next destination. >> it is hard to drive that thing. a night of bad blood and brawls in bean town. the first red sox and yankees game at fenway park. tyler austin hit by a 98-mile-an-hour fastball on his elbow. he charges the mound. both benches empty for the second time in the game. he and joe kelly exchanged punches before getting booted. now round two of the brawls. rockies and padres in denver. san diego's throwing a fastball
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behind nolan arenado. he throws the glove at the charging third baseman and the benches clear. five players ejected. suspensions are expected. the rockies energized after the brawl winning 6-4. "cnn money." wall street worried about a trade war and now real war. the dow fell 200 points. president trump threatened russia about the air strike in syria. the concern is possible escalation and conflict in the middle east is already raising oil prices. jumping 2% to the highest level in four years. wasn't just geopolitical concerns. inflation. the federal reserve thinks inflation will rise hitting the target rate in the near future. the u.s. job market is strong as we have been telling you. there is one glaring problem. historically high number of worker was part-time jobs, but
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want full-time jobs. the economists said it was temporary, but the san francisco federal reserve says it may be permanent. until public policies introduce the issues. it has been nine years since the recession. there are more involuntary part-time workers than before the recession. and uber wants to help you rent cars. it will offer car rentals later this month. it starts in san francisco and will expand. uber will be able to rent to users with the start-up get around. you can decide how long you want to rent the car. it is part of the plan to expand transportation options. it acquired a bike share company this week. would i rent my car to you? >> i'm a very good driver. >> it is a crowded market with
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lyft and here in new york with juno. uber had problems. >> we will see how it works. >> one more way of trying to make money. "early start" continues right now. could that "access hollywood" tape come back to haunt donald trump? sources say it was part of the raid on the president's personal lawyer. the national security team meeting in a number of hours. when and how will the u.s. respond to the chemical attack in syria? we had a lot of friction in our relationship. >> and house speaker paul ryan's sudden decision to leave congress. how much does it really have to do with president trump? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm alex marquardt. >> i'm christine romans. it's thursday, april 12th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. noon in istanbul. we will have a report from that city in a moment. let's start with the revelations
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about what fbi agents were looking for when they raided trump's personal lawyer and fixer michael cohen. is sources tell cnn the search warrant sought communications with trump and cohen about the "access hollywood" tape. that is on top of what we know investigators are seeking on -- information on efforts to prevent the eruption of stories on two women who claim they had affairs with donald trump. stormy daniels and karen mcdougal. gloria borger has the latest. >> reporter: alex and christine, the fbi agents that raided michael cohen's home, office and hotel room on monday were looking for communications between then candidate trump and cohen and perhaps others about efforts to prevent the release of the infamous "access hollywood" tape. you remember this. it captured donald trump making lewd remarks about women before the election. the warrant specifically references trump in the

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