Trump blasts FBI raid on personal lawyer

Marsha Scott
April 11, 2018

Although Cohen's name has been linked to the special counsel's investigation - the Washington Post reported in early March that Mueller had "requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Michael Cohen" - Monday's raid was the result of information Mueller gave to prosecutors in NY that was not central to that probe.

White House attorney Ty Cobb and White House Counsel Donald McGahn have repeatedly sought to dissuade Trump from firing Mueller and renewed their efforts after the raids, two US officials familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

The warrants in the Cohen case were reportedly obtained by prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in the Southern District of NY.

Wilson said that Trump should be feeling "absolute terror" about the raid since authorities were "able to obtain extraordinarily broad authority" for their raid and were "granted search warrants that may even penetrate attorney-client privilege".

While Trump has pledged that the USA will act against Syria any moment now for its alleged chemical attack on its own citizens, the domestic scandal that has pitted the President against the Federal Bureau of Investigation took centerstage amid the worldwide crisis. The communications are beyond the reach of law enforcement.

Cohen has said he made the payment from his own pocket, taking out a home equity line of credit to do so. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about the payment. In his remarks Monday night, the president lashed out at Rosenstein for having "signed a FISA warrant", apparently a reference to the role Rosenstein played in authorizing the wiretap of a Trump associate in the Russian Federation inquiry. "Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that's a big statement".

That said, "the Attorney General may request that the Special Counsel provide an explanation for any investigative or prosecutorial step, and may after review conclude that the action is so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued".

"Attorney-client privilege is not dead, because of the way the Justice Department is going to approach this", Christie said. Rosenstein then will determine whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another USA attorney or another part of the Justice Department.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal also reported that federal prosecutors in NY had asked the president's namesake company, the Trump Organization, to turn over any documents it had related to the $130,000 payment to Daniels.

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Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment to Daniels appeared to be a violation of campaign finance laws, and multiple Washington-based groups have filed complaints with the FEC, urging it to investigate.

Were Rosenstein fired, authority over Mueller's investigation would kick down to solicitor general Noel Francisco until a permanent replacement was identified. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " said Mr. Trump.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels arrives at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 10, 2008. However, the White House when pressed today would not say whether Cohen still works for Trump. "2d worse thing @realDonaldTrump could do is fire Mueller and make him a martyr", she tweeted.

McDougal is suing AMI to invalidate her contract, alleging she was fraudulently induced to sign, among other claims.

Speaking to MSNBC's "The Beat" late Monday, Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, said that though he "feels sorry" for Cohen, he believes that "when push comes to shove, [Cohen is] going to fold like a cheap deck of cards".

Cohen has acknowledged paying pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford to silence her about her relationship with Trump. He sent similar demand letters to two banks, City National and First Republic, asking they preserve documents connected to the transaction.

He does not represent Trump in dealing with Mueller. The timing of the payout - so close to the 2016 election - was purely coincidental, Cohen has said.

"Clearly, the use of a search warrant rather than a subpoena in this instance is another indicator that the special counsel's prosecutors and investigators (and, now those of the SDNY and FBI New York) don't trust a word the clowns in the Trump administration are telling them". "I'm not sure. I'd refer you to Michael Cohen on that", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

In addition, the probable cause would have to relate to a crime centered on Cohen, not Trump or someone else.

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