CORRECTION: Feds have pen-register, not wiretap on Michael Cohen pic.twitter.com/gXLckdKPeX
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NBC News announced a major correction to a report out Thursday. The original report claimed that federal investigators had wiretapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s phone calls. The correction stated that sources told NBC News investigators were monitoring the calls, but not actually listening to their contents.
NBC News reporter Tom Winter appeared on Meet The Press to announce the correction with anchor Chuck Todd.
“Before we get further into the Giuliani news, we have a correction via NBC News,” Todd announced.
Winter explained that “based on information from two independent sources who have a long term track record of credibility in providing accurate information to this news organization — earlier today based on that information we reported there was a wiretap on Michael Cohen’s phone. Meaning they were able to listen in to conversations from phone lines associated with Michael Cohen to any other person that he might have talked to.”
“In part of that reporting we said one of those phone calls was between a phone line associated with Michael Cohen and the White House,” he continued. “Now, three senior U.S. Officials are telling us it was not a wiretap. Instead it was what is referred to a pen register.”
“That means it is a log of phone calls that were made from a specific phone line or specific phone lines.”
The initial report held that investigators obtained a court-ordered warrant to wiretap Cohen’s phones “several weeks before” FBI agents raided the lawyer’s home and office in New York and seized documents related to his work for Trump and dealings with porn star Stormy Daniels.
“In addition to that, we’ve learned that at least one phone call conversation between a line belonging to Michael Cohen and the White House was also intercepted,” Winter initially reported on MSNBC.
The report was news to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was reportedly furious about the potential, and expressed doubt that investigators had tapped Cohen’s phones. It appears he was correct…
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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