FBI Raids Michael Cohen's Office

Federal investigators have seized materials from the offices of President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen. Some of them may be protected by attorney-client privilege — but some may not

Cohen arranged the Daniels payment in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

In his interview, Lemon asked Cohen if he was anxious in light of the raid. He is maintaining his innocence.

Cohen has admitted making a $130,000 payment to Daniels days before the election.

McDougal has said she carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 after the birth of his son.

Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, also tweeted that he and his client will be cooperating fully. "There are several possible crimes that might have been committed by the circumstances of the hush money, but these are appropriately investigated by a US attorney, not by special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the election".

Cohen has denied any wrongdoing. The exact reason for the raid was unclear, but reports Monday indicated that the matter was referred to the FBI by Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation.

As you might guess, Team Trump is trying like hell to keep the head honcho from canning Rosenstein and essentially throw the rest of his presidency into the flames of conspiracy.

In response, Trump called the raid "an attack on our country" and "a disgrace". Many in the president's orbit think Rosenstein's position is now the most endangered if the president decides to take action to try to halt the probe, according to people familiar with the situation. As none other than George Conway - a lawyer and husband to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway - pointed out, the legal concept is null and void if the attorney himself is the subject of an investigation. "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned".

Cohen told CNN on Tuesday he is unhappy with what happened.

"This is about getting Donald Trump at all costs even if it means stretching the boundaries of exceptions to attorney-client privilege", said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo.

He declined to comment further but added he was anxious for his family and acknowledged the raids and attention have affected them.

The special counsel's office and Justice Department declined to comment on the searches Monday.

"This is ridiculous. This is now getting ridiculous", Trump said Monday, pointing to a "whole new level of unfairness".

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", Trump said.

Mueller's office and the US attorney's office did not comment on Monday's raid.

Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the US attorney's office also had no comment. "This is a pure and simple witch hunt". Of course, it's possible that Cohen is an honorable but misunderstood attorney who has done nothing wrong, nor has his client.

An attorney for Michael Cohen filed court papers in Los Angeles late Monday asking to dismiss Stormy Daniels' claim as a frivolous lawsuit.

Cohen, 51, attended Cooley's Lansing campus, according to a spokesman for the law school, which is now affiliated with Western Michigan University. McDougal has said she had a longer affair with him.

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

Cohen was an early supporter of Trump's presidential ambitions, creating the 2011 committee called "Should Trump Run?" and flying to the first-caucus state of Iowa to explore the possibility.

Communications between clients and their lawyers are often beyond the reach of law enforcement based on attorney-client privilege, derived from the US Constitution.

His anger continued through Tuesday morning, when he apparently referred to the special counsel investigation as a "total witch hunt".

Cohen has previously said he paid $130,000 to Stormy Daniels, who has alleged a sexual encounter with Trump.

"They broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man, and it's a disgraceful situation", Trump told reporters before a meeting with military leaders to discuss chemical weapons in Syria.

"I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the NY action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller", Ryan said in the statement.

President Donald Trump considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December 2017 after the publication of news stories that turned out to be inaccurate. Rod Rosenstein, the veteran Republican prosecutor handpicked by President Donald Trump to serve as deputy attorney general, personally signed off on the April 10, 2018, Federal Bureau of Investigation decision to raid the office of Cohen, three government officials said.

It wasn't just on Twitter where Trump railed against the raid.

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