Stormy Daniels cooperating with federal investigators following Cohen raid

  • Stormy Daniels cooperating with federal investigators following Cohen raid

Stormy Daniels cooperating with federal investigators following Cohen raid

In forceful language, prosecutors struck back at claims by Trump and others that the Monday raids violated the attorney-client privilege between Trump and Cohen or amounted to an improper extension of the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Russian Federation and Trump both deny any wrongdoing. Let's hope that if and when a modern-day Saturday Night Massacre occurs that it begins the unraveling of the Trump presidency, as Sen. The Times in effect called the commander in chief and head of state of the United States a gangster.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched Cohen's office, apartment and a hotel room where he's been staying while his home is under renovation, looking for documents related to Daniels and McDougal.

But the president's ire has been directed at Mueller and his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The President may have been lying about his ignorance of the payment; if not, he ought to have had a notion that there might be some questions about Cohen's lawyering practices.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear that White House officials have explored Trump's authority to fire Mueller.

The search did not appear related to allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination with the Trump campaign, the main focus of Mueller's probe.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what crime they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has committed.

The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from special counsel Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan. "I think that things are going to sound like they are slowing down for a little bit because all of this information has to be pulled, digested, analyzed, inputted into a bigger picture", he cautioned. If the latter is true, Wisenberg noted, "Then it is no longer part of Mueller's case". More senior-level departures are expected in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the dynamic but not authorized to discuss it publicly. "I've wanted to keep it down", he said, without quite explaining how you keep a man like Mueller "down".

Trump again classified the Mueller probe, which continues to have bipartisan support, as a "witch hunt".

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!".

Andrew Hall, who represented former Nixon adviser John Ehrlichman during the Watergate scandal, offered a succinct summary of the distinction: "If a client goes to a lawyer and confesses, "I committed a crime, I stole money, I shot somebody, I killed somebody"-whatever the crime is, it doesn't matter". Cohen will also reportedly seek an emergency stay of that lawsuit, citing the FBI's raid and the "overlapping" ongoing criminal investigation.

Mueller's move against Trump's innermost circle is an expression of a loss of confidence within the ruling class in Trump's ability to manage their foreign policy affairs, but also, crucially, his ability to deal with an increasingly tense internal situation.

But they provided new details on the investigation, which they said has been going on for months. Again, it's just as convenient for Mueller to have someone else do that, and in the case of Trump's past business dealings, even more convenient for Mueller.

A NY federal district court spokesman says there will be a hearing related to the search warrant executed this week for records belonging to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The FBI initiated the Manhattan raid after Mueller, who is authorized to investigate matters related to Russian election meddling, referred information about Cohen to NY authorities.

"I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the NY action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller", Ryan said in the statement.

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team.