Federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, were looking for information about payments to a former Playboy Playmate and a porn actress who claim to have had affairs with Trump, two people familiar with the investigation said.
In early-morning tweets Tuesday, President Donald Trump criticised the raid on his lawyer Michael Cohen. The FBI also seized e-mails, tax documents and business records, according to a person briefed on the matter.
Federal agents searched Cohen's office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NY, where he had been working as part of a "strategic partnership" with the law firm Squire Patton Boggs. First, it has been widely reported that it was Mueller, whose team has had extensive dealings with Cohen and subpoenaed countless documents, who referred the matter to NY investigators. Monday's raid wasn't carried out by the special counsel but, rather, by agents working for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.
Cohen likely knows a lot more about Trump's affairs-personal, business, and political-than either Michael Flynn or Paul Manafort ever did. Two people familiar with the situation told The Times the president had watched a Fox News piece about the so-called "deep state" working to bring him down, pushing him further into a bad mood. His rage is tied to Mueller's decision to cross the president's "red line" - moving to investigate the president's business and not just allegations of collusion with Russian Federation - and signaled the importance of Cohen's role as a Trump consigliere.
He uncovered information not linked to his inquiry that he thought federal prosecutors should know about, The New York Times reported.
Cohen'so attorney, Stephen Ryan, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.
Trump's tunnel vision about widening legal probes surrounding him and his White House may not reflect reality, or even the views of many supposed allies on Capitol Hill, but it's a powerful driving force behind his actions, as everyone waits with dread to see what happens next following Monday's Federal Bureau of Investigation raid targeting his personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Cohen was interviewed for hours behind closed doors by two Congressional committees on the Russia links past year, where he vehemently denied Trump or himself having any contacts with Russians during the election or knowledge of any collusion. Breaking his silence on the matter last week, Trump said he wasn't aware of the payment.
Sandick was previously a prosecutor in the Southern District of NY, the office that, according to Cohen's lawyer, oversaw the Cohen search warrants.
"You offer reasons or evidence to support why each one of those things will be found in the location, and why those things are relevant to an ongoing investigation", which means investigators would have had to outline why communications between Trump and Cohen were pertinent to the investigation and possibly did not fall under attorney-client privilege. Then you actually have to consult with the criminal division in Washington, D.C., and get approval from senior officials there. "If I were a prosecutor hearing both the lawyer and the client say the client had no awareness whatsoever of that, I would now feel very confident going to a judge to seek that material".
"The decision by the US Attorney's place of work at nyc to conduct their own analysis utilizing search warrants is wholly inappropriate and unwanted", Ryan told Fox News at a statement.
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Installing a new deputy attorney general could provide the check on Mueller that Trump is seeking. But legal experts say the White House could achieve the same end result by rescinding the regulation that allows for a special counsel.
Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks.
On Capitol Hill, Republicans were divided over Trump's implicit threats to possibly fire Mueller, while legislation to protect the prosecutor remained stalled.
Meanwhile, Mr. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is facing scrutiny by prosecutors in Brooklyn; his former campaign chairman is under indictment; his former national security adviser has pleaded guilty to lying; and a pair of former campaign aides are cooperating with the special counsel, Robert Mueller.
Daniels has said she had sex with the president in 2006. And they consider him conflicted since he is a potential witness in the special counsel's investigation because he wrote the memo that justified firing former FBI Director James Comey.
Mueller's spokesman declined to comment to the Times Wednesday.
"We'll see what may happen", Mr Trump said on Monday.
President Donald Trump has howled in all caps for almost a year as the Justice Department has delved deeper and deeper into his orbit.
Asked if he was anxious, Cohen told CNN: "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not".
On Tuesday, the president also canceled a plan trip to the Summit of the Americas in Peru, sending Vice President Mike Pence instead.
"I think it's going to get gnarly this weekend", said a Republican strategist in frequent touch with the White House.