The FBI Raid on Trump Lawyer's Office

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Loyalty, he said, prompted him to use a home equity line of credit to finance a payment of US$130,000 to adult-film star Stormy Daniels for her silence.

If Cohen acted on his own to pay Daniels, Super said, "then there's no attorney-client privilege, which may have made (the FBI) more comfortable doing this raid".

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".

The FBI raided Cohen'therefore home, office, and college accommodation Monday to seize a group of documents regarding the cost.

Further, that special counsel Robert Mueller referred evidence found on Mr. Cohen to Mr. Rosenstein, who then referred it to the Southern District of NY.

"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.

Trump told reporters at the White House that the raid is "a disgraceful situation", Politico reports. He says the depositions are needed to establish if Trump knew about the settlement agreement and if he "truly did not know about the $130,000 payment".

In order to fall under attorney-client protection, the documents just have to be related to Cohen dispensing legal advice or gathering information in order to give that advice, Litman said. The Cohen raid shows that Mueller's investigation has moved far beyond the question of to what extent the Trump campaign did or did not collude with Russian Federation in 2016.

Ms. McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc., the Enquirer's parent company, whose chief executive office is a friend of Mr. Trump, the Times said.

Some White House allies think that this one, like numerous administration's pockets of turbulence, was brought on by Trump himself - specifically, by comments he made last week aboard Air Force One, when he claimed he had no knowledge of the payment Cohen made to Daniels, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

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"Michael is my attorney", Trump said.

Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign.

Loyalty, he has said, spurred him to regularly threaten lawsuits against those he perceived as threats to Trump. "It is wise that Mueller and Rosenstein avoided the fatal mistake of Ken Starr when he made a decision to expand his jurisdiction to the Monica Lewinsky matter, a tawdry subject, but not highly serious to the welfare and security of the American people", William Jeffress, a white-collar defense attorney who worked on the Valerie Plame leak case, told me. She has already recounted the details of her affair with Trump in an interview with CNN.

That's a more composed response than the President's.

In a statement Monday, Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, called the raid "inappropriate and unnecessary".

President Donald Trump considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December 2017 after the publication of news stories that turned out to be inaccurate.

"We do not generally comment on such matters, but have and will continue to comply with inquiries from proper authorities", a spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement to Fox News Tuesday.

As he has before, Trump on Tuesday called the investigation into his associates a "witch hunt".

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