Special counsel team met with Trump lawyers on day of Cohen raid

Michael Cohen

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"Attorney-client privilege is dead, ' tweeted Mr Trump, who said the agents 'broke in".

Trump on Monday reacted with anger to the raids on Cohen, calling the actions - which were carried out with search warrants approved by a judge - "an attack on our country in a true sense". McDougal was paid $150,000 by The National Enquirer tabloid to keep quiet about the alleged affair, and like Daniels, she is now suing to be released from the non-disclosure agreement over the Trump affair. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election. "One effect of Avenatti's skillful use of the press is that the Department of Justice knows and the Trump administration knows that the public is watching".

Search warrants are a fairly standard, though aggressive, law enforcement tool and are often sought in cases where authorities are concerned someone may hide or withhold evidence.

The common thread between the Cohen and Manafort raids: investigators believed, with high confidence, that neither man could be trusted not to hide, destroy, or move evidence outside the court's jurisdiction. A warrant requires high-level approval within the Justice Department, and agency guidelines impose additional hurdles when the search target is an attorney. So how significant is it that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to search Michael Cohen's office? And that means Trump has more than Mueller and Russian Federation to worry about.

"Because of the attorney general's recusal, only Deputy AG Rosenstein could remove the special counsel, and it would have to be for good cause".

Trump's attitude toward Rosenstein, and the judicial system's code of internal integrity, seemed certain to take a further poisonous turn with news Tuesday that Geoffrey Berman, the interim U.S. attorney for the Southern District of NY, which oversaw the Cohen raid, had recused himself from the matter.

"It's an attack on what we all stand for", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Ryan also said the raid stemmed partially from a referral by the Office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Dandiels' lawyer continued his tirade against Cohen by saying he does not have the smarts to withstand the kind of legal pressure he's going to be hit with amid the FBI's investigation.

Trump could have violated federal election laws if he in any way coordinated or had knowledge of the payment.

At this point, dismissing Mueller wouldn't end the investigations encircling the President anyway.

Both women recently filed lawsuits over the deals.

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. Cohen was a longtime proprietor cab medallions, as well as working as a high attorney in the Trump business, the newspaper mentioned.

Criticizing Mueller for veering into "highly personal issues", such as the alleged Daniels encounter, Giuliani added, "The only thing that's happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify".

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization declined to confirm to The Journal that prosecutors had requested the Daniels documents.

When asked in 2011 by ABC News to describe his role with Trump, Cohen said: "It means that if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit". They left with various records, including tax and foreign banking documents.

But Cohen also could face fresh questions about the statements he made to banks as he sought a home-equity line of credit to fund Daniels' payoff. In the email, the representative said funds had been deposited in Cohen's account.

Stormy Daniels is cooperating with the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, according to sources.

It's no wonder that the President is so sensitive about Cohen. "These activities do not relate to the firm and we are in full cooperation".

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