Trump slams 'witch hunt' as his lawyer's office is raided

12 April, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Stormy Daniels claims she was threatened in 2011 to stay quiet about her alleged affair with Donald Trump

The FBI raided Cohen'therefore home, office, and college accommodation Monday to seize a group of documents regarding the cost. Daniels' team has had extensive communications with federal investigators, said a third person familiar with the investigations, who demanded anonymity to discuss the confidential matter. First, it has been widely reported that it was Mueller, whose team has had extensive dealings with Cohen and subpoenaed countless documents, who referred the matter to NY investigators.

"Today the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients", Cohen's attorney Stephen M. Ryan of McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, said in an April 9 statement.

The White House has denied the affair.

The raids represent a dramatic escalation of a federal inquiry led by Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides.

"I think it would be suicide for the President to fire him", said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Sen.

He uncovered information not linked to his inquiry that he thought federal prosecutors should know about, The New York Times reported.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued Cohen to be released from a nondisclosure agreement over an alleged one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

In his first comments since the raid, Cohen commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its professionalism.

"They obviously had reason to believe they could not trust Cohen enough to subpoena him and wait for the response", said Jeffrey Cramer, a former U.S. attorney in Chicago who spent 12 years at the Department of Justice. Breaking his silence on the matter last week, Trump said he wasn't aware of the payment.

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Ryan said on Monday the raid was inappropriate and that his client has cooperated with all government authorities. "Searching an attorney's office - at least by the feds - is a rather extreme move that you usually only see with lawyers in the thick of criminal enterprises". "If I were a prosecutor hearing both the lawyer and the client say the client had no awareness whatsoever of that, I would now feel very confident going to a judge to seek that material".

Asked if Bolton forced Bossert out, Sanders said: "I'm not going to get into specific details about the ongoings of personnel, but I can tell you that he resigned".

But because it was not about Russia, Mueller alerted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

(That's the tendency to interpret any new development or evidence as an affirmation of an existing belief or way of thinking.) But even allowing for some wishful thinking among the liberal commentariat, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Trump's predicament has just become even more complicated and difficult to escape.

"His anger is unabated", said a Republican strategist in frequent touch with the White House, who added the mood there is "extremely grim".

The press is reporting that Mr. Cohen is being investigated. Trump could fire Mueller at any moment, a possibility that the current administration has certainly considered.

The special counsel regulations take the power to fire the special counsel out of the president's hands and give it to the attorney general. "Do I want to be involved in this? No". FBI Director Chris Wray is a Trump-appointed Republican. He has not yet spoken with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., about possibly moving forward, the two people said.

Long-time Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz came to Washington to meet with the president and his lead attorney on the Russian Federation probe, Jay Sekulow, said a person familiar with the matter.

The mood at the department has been grim for months and those inside fear their pool of allies is shrinking. I would imagine that if the special counsel's office hadn't been interested in Trump-related accounts there already, word of the president's tantrum must have piqued some interest. No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information!

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