FBI Executes ‘Series of Search Warrants’ at Offices of Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen

The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer and confidant of President Donald Trump, The New York Times reported Monday.

NEW YORK — The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer and confidant of President Donald Trump, Cohen’s attorney confirmed to CNN Monday.

Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Cohen, said in a statement that the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York had executed “a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications” between Cohen and his clients.

Ryan’s statement called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” and said federal prosecutors had told him it stemmed partially from a referral by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.

“I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” Ryan said in the statement. “… It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”

The New York Times first reported on news of Monday’s raid.

A person briefed on the search told the Times that one of the topics being investigated was the payment Cohen facilitated to Stephanie Clifford, known as the porn actress Stormy Daniels. The FBI also seized emails, tax documents and business records, including communications between Trump and Cohen, according to the Times.

Cohen is a longtime ally of the President, and admitted earlier this year to setting up a limited liability company in 2016 to pay Daniels. She has alleged she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier, and that the payment was hush money. The White House has denied Daniels’ allegations of an affair with Trump.

Asked about the Daniels controversy last week, Trump said he did not know about the payment and declined to comment further, instead referring questions to Cohen.

“You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen,” Trump said. “Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

4 comments

  • Am Light

    Personally? Not a fan of the President, and I never was. But, he is in office because the American people got complacent and angry, and that’s what we get when we’ve been pushed into the proverbial corner for 20 years.

    This is an absolute witch hunt and I’ve never seen such tactics during any other presidency for the past 50 years. There has never been more vitriol surrounding any other President in recent modern history and it’s outrageous. Even when President Clinton was impeached and lied under oath, the press still loved him and everyone loved that his wife (the voice of feminism?!) backed her husband’s behaviors up and supported him.

    • Silverfish Imperetrix

      “the press still loved him and everyone loved that his wife (the voice of feminism?!) backed her husband’s behaviors up and supported him.”

      You don’t think the press still loved the Clintons because they’re DEMOCRATS, do ya? Nah…couldn’t be.

  • Silverfish Imperetrix

    This has nothing to do with Russian collusion. I hope President Trump shuts down the investigation. Let the left’s heads explode.

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