Federal Bureau of Investigation raid sought records Trump's lawyer had on 'Access Hollywood' tape

FBI Raids Trump Lawyer's Office, Trump Says It's A 'Disgraceful Witch-Hunt'

FBI Raids Trump Lawyer's Office, Trump Says It's A 'Disgraceful Witch-Hunt'

Trump lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation following the raid, calling it a "disgrace" and a "pure and simple witch hunt".

Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, is addressing the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home and office for the first time.

Prosecutors are interested in whether Mr Cohen, who had no official role in the 2016 campaign, coordinated with it to quash the release of anything detrimental to it and whether that violated campaign finance laws - a new front in the investigation into Mr Cohen. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election.

The American president called it a "disgrace" that the agents targeted Michael Cohen, who has admitted paying a porn star $130,000 after claims she had an affair with his powerful employer. Even if it doesn't fall under your line of inquiry, you have a professional obligation to pass that information on to the proper authorities.

Trump is furious over the Federal Bureau of Investigation searches.

But the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said it was a Trump-appointed prosecutor who had sought the search warrant, which was in turn approved by a judge. Rosenstein then determines whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another USA attorney or another part of the Justice Department.

A spokesman for Mueller's office did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

U.S. President Donald Trump receives a briefing from senior military leadership at the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. April 9, 2018.

"The New York Times" first reported prosecutors' interest in Ms McDougal. "It took my rights away", she said.

Cohen never worked for Trump's campaign but aided his political efforts: He set up 2012 and 2016 "Draft Trump" endeavors, helped put together Trump's diversity coalition and, despite his long-standing registration as a Democrat, threw himself into Republican fundraising.

Monday's events renewed concerns that Trump could try to act against Mueller, who was appointed previous year by the Justice Department to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign.

Legal or not, it's clear that the Federal Bureau of Investigation believes it has reason to investigate.

Indeed, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said yesterday: "We've been advised the president certainly has the power to make that decision".

Daniels' defamation suit claims that this statement constituted an attack on her character and defamed her because it implied that she had made up the affair.

Last month, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent letters to the Trump Organization demanding the business preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 transaction.

Even if Trump's denial didn't help tip the scales on the raid, though, it could impact a potential criminal case against Cohen - and eventually, investigators may hope, a deal for Cohen to cooperate with Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

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