FBI Raids Michael Cohen's Office

12 April, 2018, 07:26 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Michael Cohen

Adding that the situation was "disgraceful" and a "witch hunt".

"We do not generally comment on such matters, but have and will continue to comply with inquiries from proper authorities", the Trump spokesperson said. "This is Watergate-level stuff", White told the network. "This was a personal affront".

Officials from the Southern District declined to comment on the recusal, which was first reported by ABC News. He had ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn do the deed back in June of previous year and was only dissuaded when McGahn threatened to quit.

Things aren't so straightforward, however.

"If the money came from [Cohen], the best case you could argue is yes, it came from him, but it was not connected to the campaign", says Simpson. "It is the red line he always seemed to draw in his bitter complaints about the Mueller investigation-now here we are".

Several people close to the president told The New York Times that Trump had what they described as a "meltdown" over the raid, which was related to Cohen making a $130,000 hush payment to the porn star Stormy Daniels. In this case, there was reports by The Washington Post that it was bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Mueller referred the evidence to Rosenstein because it was outside the scope of the Russian Federation probe. But the issue has yet to be fully resolved and the disagreement has played out in conservative media, primarily Fox News, likely drawing the attention of their most powerful viewer: the President.

Paying off people with embarrassing stories to tell isn't, in itself, illegal.

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"If you go to the attorney's office and you look at attorney-client privileged material by mistake, you're in a world of hurt", Litman said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said repeatedly that Trump denies Clifford's allegations.

Before landing the coveted legal job, Berman worked for the law firm Greenberg Traurig in New York and New Jersey, where Trump confidant and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is also employed.

The source confirmed the FBI was looking into the payments, including the Enquirer link, but they were "not the main focus of that part of the investigation".

Fox News' John Roberts contributed to the report. "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not (worried)", Cohen told CNN.

Despite Trump's and Ryan's protests, special search warrant procedures exist to protect the attorney-client privilege, according to former federal prosecutors who spoke to Bloomberg Law.

He also tweeted "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" "If the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized evidence showing that Trump directed Cohen's payment to Daniels, Trump may also have committed a felony violation of campaign finance law", Norman Eisen, Noah Bookbinder, and Conor Shaw wrote at Politico.

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The raid also suggests that the federal prosecutors in NY weren't confident that Cohen would preserve or hand over the evidence they sought.

This was a very rare move - to raid someone's personal lawyer, in this case, Trump's. Like me, and like many other commentators, they could be subject to confirmation bias.

Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks.

More and more, this is looking like a mobster roll-up of the type that some of Mueller's team of ace prosecutors previously specialized in.

It also establishes a protective barrier between Mueller and one of the seedier Trump scandals. Gradually, the investigators work their way up the chain of command to the crew captains-the capos-and, eventually, to the boss of bosses, the capo dei capi.

During the 2016 campaign, Cohen served as a liaison between Trump and the Enquirer as the tabloid paid for scandalous rumors and tips about Trump that it never published. He's pleaded not guilty. He was later charged with dozens of other financial crimes.

In January, CNN reported that the chief judge in New York's Southern District had sent a letter to fellow judges laying out the prospect that, after the 120-day period, the possible appointment of the Manhattan US attorney would fall to the district court.

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