FBI raids home and office of Pres. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in investigation
NEW YORK — A few days after President Donald Trump acknowledged and admitted that he had no knowledge of the $130k hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels – whom the president allegedly had a sexual encounter with.
FBI agents, on Monday, raided the office, home and hotel of his longtime personal lawyer and close confidante Michael Cohen.
Reports say FBI agents confiscated emails, tax documents and bank records, including for Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels.
President Trump calls it a witch hunt.
“They broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys… good man. It’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time. I’ve wanted to keep it down. We’ve given over a million pages in documents to the special counsel. They continue to just go forward.”
But the FBI had legal search warrants for their action.
Even Cohen’s own lawyer said that federal prosecutors obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Geoffrey Berman, the US attorney who approved the search warrant on Cohen, is a Republican and a Trump appointee.
Reports say Cohen cooperated with authorities and handed them thousands of documents.
Still the President lashed out on the investigation, that now seems to have merged the Russia collusion and Stormy hush payment investigations.
Mueller’s investigation is not over.
Trump cannot fire Mueller directly — but he has the authority to order deputy attorney Rod Rosentstein, who oversees special counsel Mueller’s Russia investigation to do so.
While Team Mueller clarified that Trump is not a target of the Russia investigation – the President is still a subject of Mueller’s investigation.