Tuesday, 11 December, 2018


Trump attorney Michael Cohen says he's "not worried" by Federal Bureau of Investigation raids

President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City
Bennie Garza | 15 April, 2018, 21:31

Cohen had no formal role with the Trump campaign, but he secretly recorded people in order to have leverage, one person told the Post, and he would note that under NY law, just one party had to consent to the taping.

In Cohen's case, critics said the search relates to payments made to pornography star Stormy Daniels that would not seem to justify so potentially intrusive a search of the attorney's confidential lawyer-client files.

A warrant requires high-level approval within the Justice Department, and agency guidelines impose additional hurdles when the search target is an attorney.

It is unknown if Cohen recorded conversations between himself and Trump, the newspaper said. Passing off the information shows Mueller's discipline and his focus on the probe, rather than the Trump-Daniels litigation.

It links to an article titled, "Donald Trump Relied on Michael Cohen to Weather the Storm".

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay accused Cohen of trying to invoking "wildly overbroad" claims of attorney-client privilege to avoid the disclosure of thousands of allegedly privileged communications related to the president and other cases. It's not unheard of to execute a search warrant on an attorney's office, but executing such a warrant on the personal attorney of the US president is something else altogether, perhaps even historic.

Federal agents on Monday raided the Manhattan office, home and hotel room of Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. It is the first time in which a search warrant was known to directly mention the president, according to the report.

Ryan lashed out at prosecutors over the raid, which came as Mueller seeks to interview Trump for his sprawling investigation.

In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.

A White House aide said Justice Department guidance that only Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, could fire Mueller did not apply to Trump, who has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch.

The search warrant also reportedly sought Trump's communications with Cohen about the tape, according to a CNN report that is based on anonymous sources.

The raid of his office was overseen by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan and based in part on a referral from Mueller.

Under Justice Department regulations, only Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, can fire Mueller. The U.S. attorney's office had no comment. But firing Mr. Mueller wouldn't stop the investigation, though it would cost him Republican support and probably guarantee his impeachment if Democrats take the House in November ...

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump, a person familiar with the matter has said.

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.

Cohen's lawyers asked US District Judge Kimba Wood at the hearing to let them review the seized materials to ensure that there was no violation of attorney-client privilege, which permits clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

Last month, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent letters to the Trump Organization demanding the business preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 transaction.

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