Trump Appointee Rod Rosenstein Personally Approved FBI's Cohen Raid

Trump Appointee Rod Rosenstein Personally Approved FBI's Cohen Raid

Trump Appointee Rod Rosenstein Personally Approved FBI's Cohen Raid

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney of President Donald Trump whose home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday is addressing the matter for the first time.

U.S. President Donald Trump also called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country". I've been saying it for a long time.

Strongly denouncing the move as a "witch hunt", Trump, said, "I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys - a good man". And, in another tweet, "attorney-client privilege is dead!" It was based on a referral to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Rosenstein can then order Mueller to investigate or refer the matter to other authorities.

In short, a whole bunch of officials had to sign off on this request, and the fact that they did so suggests that Mueller was able to show clear evidence that Cohen had committed a crime.

Among them: Trump's comments to reporters last week, denying knowledge of the Daniels payment or the source of the hush money.

The FBI agents acted on a warrant obtained from a referral by Mueller, further fueling Trump's fury and raising new fears about how the President might respond. Here are some of the reasons why. He met with his lawyers at the White House Tuesday to discuss the FBI raid, which has confirmed their worst fears - that the Mueller investigation is mushrooming well beyond campaign collusion with Russian Federation.

Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid because it was signed by only Daniels and Cohen, and was not signed by Trump. They only keep looking at us, he said. And a prosecutor with subpoena power could find out an terrible lot.

Loyalty, he has said, spurred him to regularly threaten lawsuits against those he perceived as threats to Trump. Cohen is something much more: a fixer, a deal-maker, a wartime consigliere.

Now, Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen - who holds secrets about numerous president's personal and financial dealings - is in the crosshairs. "He oversaw almost all the foreign deals as the Trump Org shifted its focus to sketchy third-tier overseas oligarchs", noted journalist Adam Davidson, who has reported on some of those foreign deals. Avenatti also enclosed an email showing Cohen had used his Trump Organization email address in correspondence with the bank that helped facilitate the payment.

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Michael Cohen had his Manhattan hotel room and office raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Monday. Critics have said that if Trump tried to remove Mueller it would amount to interference in the investigation.

But Clifford has said she was coerced into making the denials, even claiming on that someone threatened to harm her if she talked.

Agents also subpoenaed records of New York City taxi medallions that Cohen owns, according to CNN.

The FBI raided the offices of Cohen in NY and seized business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including the payment to the adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, who has denied wrongdoing, wants Otero to force the dispute into a private arbitration rather than public trial.

Investigators took Cohen's computer, phone and personal financial records, including tax returns, as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, the second person said.

Trump has publicly bashed Rosenstein, and according to the New York Times, privately mused about firing him last summer, around the same time he considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "I will always protect Mr. Trump".

"Just because something isn't true doesn't mean that it can't cause you harm or damage", Cohen said earlier this year after the payment to Daniels came to national attention. You don't get that close to the president without being someone he trusts implicitly.

We don't know for certain the nature of the Southern District's investigation.

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