Trump resumes attacks on law enforcement after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids his lawyer's office

Katrina Barker
April 12, 2018

Daniels' team has had extensive communications with federal investigators, said the third person familiar with the investigation. Her cooperation was first reported by NBC News.

On top of that, prosecutors had to obtain approval from the office of the US attorney for the southern district of NY, which is led by a Trump appointee.

Earlier in the document, however, Cohen's lawyers also cited Daniels' own previous public statement denying the affair herself, which she had issued through her lawyers on January 10.

Trump, who lashed out on Twitter at Mueller's probe and the Justice Department on Monday evening, met with his lawyers at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the FBI raid, which has confirmed their worst fears - that Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is mushrooming well beyond questions of campaign collusion. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " the president added.

The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr Mueller's investigation, but most likely resulted from information that he had uncovered and given to prosecutors in NY. She says it was hush money. Legal pundits on TV have all said that Cohen could be pressured to testify against Trump in return for leniency on charges that are unrelated to his relationship to the president.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Stormy Daniels in her case against Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, appeared on CNN today to tear into the president's attorney as "moronic", "ludicrous", and "beyond stupid".

"I'm not sure. I'd refer you to Michael Cohen on that", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it.

The federal judge approved the warrant because they found there was enough probable cause to search the office and hotel room of Trump's lawyer.

Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, says agents seized privileged communications between Cohen and his clients.

"At that point, anything to do with that entire incident is, I would argue, not attorney-client privilege, " said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who practices law in Chicago.

Installing a new deputy attorney general could provide the check on Mueller that Trump is seeking.

Even if so, the resulting evidence could still work its way back to the special counsel, Alonso said.

In the weeks since, the media-savvy Avenatti has helped keep the spotlight on the case, shepherding his client through a high-stakes 60 Minutes interview, sparring with one of Cohen's lawyers on cable news, taunting Cohen and Trump on Twitter and hinting at startling new developments.

"His anger is unabated", said a Republican strategist in frequent touch with the White House, who added the mood there is "extremely grim".

I would have expected snarlin' Michael Cohen, top Trump lackey and a man known for being colorfully blunt about what he'll do to people who make trouble for him, to have been defiant after the raid. Trump could fire Mueller at any moment, a possibility that the current administration has certainly considered.

Cohen is already a subject of scrutiny in Mueller's investigation, which is examining whether Trump or his associates colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 United States election in his favor.

Republican Senators Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC and Democratic Senators Chris Coons of DE and Cory Booker of New Jersey planned to introduce legislation on Wednesday (Thursday NZT) that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, according to two people familiar with the legislation.

Officials from the Southern District declined to comment on the recusal, which was first reported by ABC News.

The mood at the NSC this week was described as grim, with aides fearful over Bolton's plans.

He has always been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trump's nascent political life.

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