Federal Bureau of Investigation raids offices of Trump's lawyer, seizes docs related to Stormy Daniels

by Abel Hampton April 12, 2018, 6:18
Federal Bureau of Investigation raids offices of Trump's lawyer, seizes docs related to Stormy Daniels

"I have confidence that the Justice Department will follow its carefully designed rules to protect attorney-client communications". It could also be that the team that is handling the case, in other words, the team that is going to review this for attorney-client privilege to make sure that the investigators don't review anything that is privilege, is in the Southern District of NY. In 2011, Cohen threatened the magazine In Touch with a lawsuit if it published a story about the affair, almost six years before he made the $130,000 payment.

Trump asserted to the press on Air Force One on Thursday that he did not know about the payment to keep the actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, quiet.

The White House has denied there was a sexual relationship.

If Trump wields the ax against Rosenstein and then goes after Mueller, he would not only ignite a political storm but he also would raise doubts about the capacity of the USA system of governance itself to hold a strongman President in check.

The FBI agents who searched the office of Donald Trump's personal lawyer were looking for records related to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump. "It's an attack on what we all stand for", he said.

Stressing his loyalty, Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing and defended Trump.

It reported that Trump went ballistic in December after reading that Robert Mueller had subpoenaed bank records from Deutsche Bank pertaining to Trump Organization business and that Trump wanted to fire Mueller.

After Trump found out about Monday's raid, he described it as "disgraceful" and tweeted that "attorney-client privilege was dead". "I'd like to meet him, '" said Dr. Morton Levine, Cohen's uncle. "It's a total witch-hunt, I have been saying it for a long time", he told reporters. "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned".

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear that White House officials have explored Trump's authority to fire Mueller.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the USA attorney's office also had no comment.

Cohen, who is under the microscope in multiple threads of investigations by NY state and federal prosecutors, resigned himself to the reality of the situation, admitting to CNN that he is anxious about what's next.

"This action could not have taken place without the review and approval of a series of independent officials, including Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, whom I appointed".

Later Tuesday, Avenatti reiterated his remarks to CNN.

Cohen, someone extremely close to Trump and who has been known as the president's "fixer", appears to have serious legal problems. "They found no collusion whatsoever with Russian Federation".

Harry Sandick, a former assistant USA attorney from the Southern District of NY, echoed that point. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter).

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is asking a federal judge to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. So how significant is it that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to search Michael Cohen's office?

Cohen has more recently attracted attention for his acknowledgment that he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his own pocket just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Daniels says it was part of a deal to prevent her from giving interviews about the supposed affair with married Mr Trump - an allegation that might have cost him votes.

He also argues she hasn't suffered any damages and that his statements were an opinion and "rhetorical hyperbole" under the law.

The FBI executed the search warrants at Cohen's NY office and his home and hotel room.

President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen on April 11, 2018.

Trump raged over the raid Monday, calling it a "disgrace". It's an attack on our country, in a true sense.

Marks also characterized Trump's comments as freaky but noted that the U.S. president's words do not constitute obstruction of justice.

After having turned over what he called a million pages of documents, Trump said the investigation is "now getting ridiculous".

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, says the raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller.


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