As Trump fumes over Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, White House lawyers urge restraint
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 12, 2018,
Apr 12, 2018, 7:34
The payments appear to be part of a pattern of Trump' self-described fixer trying to shield the businessman-turned-politician from embarrassing press by buying women's silence.
Cohen, and perhaps the president, will likely argue that this raid violates the attorney-client privilege.
(ABC News) - President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen told ABC News today that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not storm in, but simply knocked on the door, as they raided his office, hotel room and home Monday. "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" the president tweeted early Tuesday morning, during what was presumably his executive time.
At the White House, Mr Trump angrily denounced the raid on "good man" Mr Cohen.
So far, 19 people have been indicted, including the chairman of Mr Trump's campaign and his former national security advisor.
"Attorneys often have documents that are relevant to criminal investigations and so they are subject to searches like any other person", Harry Sandick told Bloomberg Law.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Berman, a former white-collar defense attorney and veteran of the Southern District, as an interim U.S. attorney in January. "The President will remain in the United States to oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world".
Cohen was interviewed for hours behind closed doors by two Congressional committees on the Russia links past year, where he vehemently denied Trump or himself having any contacts with Russians during the election or knowledge of any collusion.
In January, CNN reported that the chief judge in New York's Southern District had sent a letter to fellow judges laying out the prospect that, after the 120-day period, the possible appointment of the Manhattan US attorney would fall to the district court.
In his first comments since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home and office, Michael Cohen said the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents "were extremely professional, courteous and respectful". Cohen is a street-wise New Yorker with a penchant for confrontation and a cultivated reputation as Trump's outside-the-courtroom problem-solver.
The report also delved into how Cohen, a New York City native, rose to prominence in the city and eventually became close to Trump and his family.
But nervous White House aides expressed new fears about the president's unpredictability in the face of the Cohen raid, which he viewed as an assault on a longtime defender and a sign that Mueller's probe into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign was "going too far".
The special counsel's office and Justice Department declined to comment on the searches Monday.
Prosecutors had to meet an even higher standard of proof in Cohen's case, given his status as a lawyer.
So let's say you're a prosecutor in Manhattan at the Southern District of NY, and you want to get a search warrant of an attorney's residence.
"That's a very fraught and extraordinary move that requires multiple levels of authorization within the Department of Justice", wrote former federal prosecutor Ken White.
Avenatti also enclosed an email showing Cohen had used his Trump Organization email address in correspondence with a representative from First Republic. The regulations say only Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last May, has the authority to fire him and only for specific cause.
Mere suspicion of wrongdoing isn't enough to clear all the hurdles required for prosecutors to search a lawyer's premises.
The Cohen raid was not conducted by investigators working for Mueller.
The New York Times, citing a source, said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized emails, tax documents and business records.
Cohen, alongside Trump, is ensnared in a legal battle over the sourcing of a $130,000 "hush agreement" payment to Daniels less than two weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
"I believe it will soon be shown everything I did was legal", added Cohen. There could be other alleged offences, such as tax or bank fraud violations, surrounding any such payments as well. Of these four Trump associates, three-Papadopoulos, Flynn, and Gates-are already coöperating with Muller, having pleaded guilty to felonies.