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

Casey Dawson
April 12, 2018

"[The raids] resulted in the seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients", Ryan said.

A day after federal agents confiscated electronic devices and documents related to attorney-client matters, Cohen told CNN he is anxious.

A search by the authorities of an attorney's office and seizing of legal documents is a rare event, but nevertheless possible if the attorney is being investigated, two legal advisors told Sputnik on Tuesday commenting on the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid a day earlier of President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen's office.

McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed. The White House has denied her allegations. American Media Inc. has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist.

Earlier this week, for instance, he promised to soon unveil a forensic sketch of the unidentified "thug" he said threatened Daniels in 2011 to keep quiet about the alleged Trump affair.

According to legal experts and former federal prosecutors, there's one explanation: investigators did not think either man could be trusted.

Cohen has long worked as Trump's attorney and "fixer", helping go after his client's enemies and silence his critics.

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.

The raid on Cohen was not carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

The Washington Post reports that Cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

Asked if he wants to fire Mueller, Trump replied: "Many people have said you should fire him".

The investigations have dogged Trump since he took office past year, prompting him to publicly criticise Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, and to suggest periodically that he might try to have Mueller dismissed. It cited sources familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Cohen raid was not conducted by investigators working for Mueller. "He can't even fire Mueller to get out of this one".

Despite assurances from leading Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that the president has not thought about firing Mueller, the December episode was the second time Trump is now known to have considered taking that step.

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The Cohen raids have stalled ongoing negotiations between the White House and the special counsel about a possible interview with the president.

On Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of four senators moved to protect Mueller's job.

For South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham, one of the co-sponsors, the bill is precautionary. Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey are behind the measure.

Stormy Daniels is ready for her first live interview on "The View".

The legislation combines two bipartisan bills introduced last summer. "It's an attack on what we all stand for", he said.

"What do you call a lawyer who graduated with a 2.0?" "It's a scary scenario, but the reality is, there is a procedure for this".

The FBI confiscated Cohen's emails, tax documents and business letters, as well as the communication between Cohen's clients, including Trump.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, responded to the news on Twitter, saying "an enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed" on Cohen's shoulders.

Trump also said: "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information!"

"At that point, anything to do with that entire incident is, I would argue, not attorney-client privilege", Cotter said.

In law enforcement circles, agents sometimes refer to this as a "dirty" team and a "clean" team.

The attorney-client privilege Trump referred to is meant to encourage open communications between lawyers and their clients, so that lawyers can provide sound legal advice.

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.

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