Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on lawyer Michael Cohen's office disgraceful

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on lawyer Michael Cohen's office disgraceful

Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on lawyer Michael Cohen's office disgraceful

Avenatti declined comment when asked whether Daniels has been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the Justice Department in connection with the Cohen raid.

Daniels has said she had sex with the president in 2006. But I will tell you that members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that conducted the search and seizure were all extremely professional, courteous, and respectful.

This again is not to idealize the actions of law-enforcement, only to say the Cohen raid in itself seems none too extraordinary. He is maintaining his innocence.

"He is the prototypical straight arrow", Kevin Marino, a New Jersey attorney who's a longtime friend of Berman's, said in an email.

McDougal has said she carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 after the birth of his son. Representatives for Trump have denied both McDougal and Daniels' accounts. "They call it a taint team because you don't want to taint the prosecutors who are actually investigating it by seeing potentially privileged information that they have no right to see".

Reports surfaced in March that special counsel Robert Mueller was examining documents pertaining to incidents involving Cohen.

"The raid is seismic", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, told MSNBC, adding such searches by the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicate the possibility a crime was committed.

McConnell says it's the view of most people in Congress that Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it. "I am entirely confident that his decision-making is the result of thoughtful and careful consideration of every issue that comes before him". "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned".

On Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump believed he has the power to fire Mueller - a move that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R., Iowa) warned would be "suicide."

Although Ryan did not elaborate on the documents taken from Cohen's office, he confirmed he has cooperated with investigators looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Acting with a search warrant, the raid was carried out at least in part based on a referral from Mueller's team to a federal prosecutor in NY.

Asked if he'd seek to fire Mueller, which would require going through Rosenstein, Trump appeared to leave the door open. Mr. Rosenstein in that role appointed special counsel Robert Muller who is on the hot seat here.

White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have been telling Trump that firing Mueller would leave the president vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice and have said that he must have "good cause" to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oust Mueller, the officials said. Had anyone in the law enforcement establishment wanted to get access to these emails, they could have served a legitimate warrant or subpoena on the NSA.

Separately, Mueller and his 17 prosecutors are preparing for two separate trials of Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who is accused in a pair of indictments of money laundering, conspiracy, bank and tax fraud, and failing to register as a lobbyist for politicians in Ukraine. The agreement, included as an exhibit to the lawsuit, was reached 11 days before the 2016 presidential election as Trump's campaign grappled with multiple allegations of his sexual misconduct.

According to reports, the raid was executed under the auspices of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, and would therefore have had to have been authorized by recent Trump appointee Geoffrey Berman.

If this were a witch hunt, no such referral would have been made.

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. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign.

"The search ended in the seizure protected by the law of correspondence between a lawyer and his client". But he indicated in a late afternoon tweet Tuesday that he and his client would "fully cooperate with any search for the truth".