The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the offices and home of the President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Micheal D’Cohen on Monday.
He seized business records, emails, and documents related to several topics, including a $130,000 payment to a porn actress, Stormy Daniels whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
According to Cohen’s lawyer, Rober Mueller, The raid on Cohen’s office was done by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan. In a statement, he said, “The decision by the US Attorney’s office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his client,” he added.
The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump even as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller’s team, which in addition to investigating potential between Russia and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president’s actions constitute obstruction of justice.
The law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to the actress that was made days before the 2016 presidential elections. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about the payment. The White House consistently denies the affair.
However, Trump reacted with unusually harsh language to news of the raid. “It’s a disgraceful situation. It’s a total witch hunt. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” Trump said at the opening of a meeting with military and national security advisers to discuss Syria.
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