Federal Bureau of Investigation raids offices and houses of Donald Trump's lawyer

"And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said in a phone conversation on Tuesday with CNN.

The agents reportedly collected documents regarding his $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump.

Indeed, Trump once against fumed about his Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe, even as the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team sought to bring together the disparate lines of inquiry, including a $150,000 payment to Trump's foundation in 2015 by a Ukrainian billionaire.

When asked if he would fire Mueller, Trump said, "We'll see what happens".

"If this were Hillary Clinton being investigated, and they went into her lawyer's office, the ACLU would be on every television station in America jumping up and down", Dershowitz said.

The raids, which also swept up communications between Cohen and Trump, left the White House scrambling to contain yet another crisis in an administration rife with them.

The raids - part of an investigation referred by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to federal prosecutors in NY - point to escalating legal jeopardy for a longtime Trump confidant who is deeply intertwined in the president's business and personal matters.

Michael Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan calling raid completely inappropriate and unnecessary.

Trump followed up with an additional tweet declaring it a "TOTAL WITCH HUNT!" However, the Washington Post reports that the payment, made just before the 2016 election, may have violated campaign finance law. "They only keep looking at us".

To get a warrant, agents and prosecutors must establish for a judge that there's probable cause of criminal activity and that a search of a property is likely to turn up evidence of that. I know the attorney-client privilege. Besides Cohen's office, agents also searched a hotel room where he's been staying while his home is under renovation. He also called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel. The Trump Organization did not immediately return the Journal's request for comment. Getting a warrant to search an attorney's office is not easy.

Rosenstein's role has infuriated Trump, who was left "stunned" and "livid" by the aggressive move by prosecutors Monday, according to an outside adviser in frequent touch with the White House.

Trump's comments on Monday came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Michael Cohen's NY office, hotel and residence earlier in the day, seeking documents on his clients and personal finances.

Mr Cohen made the payment in the run up to the 2016 general election and has claimed that his boss had no knowledge of the transactions, alleging that the money was paid from his personal bank account. Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign. " - referring to the Mueller investigation".

Last month Daniels told 21 million TV watchers that she had unprotected sex with Trump after meeting with him at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California in July 2006.

Trump has not admitted an affair with Daniels.

McDougal is suing AMI to invalidate her contract, alleging she was fraudulently induced to sign, among other claims.

Cohen has maintained that Trump was unaware of the arrangement.

  • Leroy Wright