President Trump Responds To FBI Raid Of His Lawyer's Office

Trump slams FBI raid of personal lawyer's office

Trump slams FBI raid of personal lawyer's office

President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen was known to tape conversations with associates and store them ― and Trump's allies are now anxious the Federal Bureau of Investigation has those files after raiding Cohen's offices this week, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Sanders declined to comment on whether the president will fire his deputy attorney general or special counsel Robert Mueller amid mounting frustrations with both.

Another issue, of course, is whether the communications at issue between Cohen and Trump will ultimately be deemed to be legitimate attorney-client privileged communications.

Whether Cohen was recording conversations in his Trump Tower office was a source of concern to some Trump associates during the campaign, two former Trump campaign officials said.

Those people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential details. The raid itself was executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, which is now led by Trump appointee Geoffrey Berman.

Cohen, through his lawyer and in public statements, has denied wrongdoing.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.

The FBI confiscated Cohen's emails, tax documents and business letters, as well as the communication between Cohen's clients, including Trump.

They said agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

Because of the sensitive interests involved and the inherent risks of damage to legitimate attorney-client relationships, the Department of Justice has established certain heightened procedures ("Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys") that must be complied with before seeking a warrant to search an attorney's premises.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney is trying to prevent the government from using materials it found in a search of his office and residence this week.

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

In addition to looking for information about Stormy Daniels, investigators are searching for records about an alleged $150,000 payment made to Karen McDougal, a Playboy bunny who is linked to Trump as well.

Trump expressed outrage after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid earlier this week, calling it a "disgraceful situation" and a "total witch-hunt" during his off-the-cuff remarks to reporters.

A federal prosecutors office said a hearing has been scheduled before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood for Friday morning to address Cohens request for a temporary restraining order related to the judicial warrant that authorized the search. According to reports, the raid is the clearest sign yet that the president's longtime attorney is in serious legal jeopardy. He did not disclose the reason for the court proceeding.

Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office.

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