The FBI Raid on Trump Lawyer's Office

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Daniels's lawyer Michael Avenatti later tweeted out that he and his client would "fully cooperate with any search for the truth" relating to the $130,000 payment.

Last year Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of NY.

WASHINGTON - The FBI agents who raided the office of President Trump's personal lawyer Monday were looking for records about payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump, and information related to the publisher of the National Enquirer's role in silencing one of the women, several people briefed on the investigation said.

But the fact that Cohen's home and office were raided is not just bad news for Trump, it's an outright disaster.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said repeatedly that Trump denies Clifford's allegations.

Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's Russian Federation probe a "hoax" and a "witch hunt", leading to speculation over whether the president would consider firing the special counsel or otherwise halting the investigation.

Without a lead attorney in Dowd's absence, Trump has absorbed some advice from a number of legal commentators on cable news, including Alan Dershowitz, a retired Harvard Law School professor who has made supportive comments about the president. "Michael Cohen is the most important non-Trump in the Trump business world".

Cohen, who has been described as Trump's "fixer", says he's not thrilled about what might come next.

The FBI raided Cohen's office on Monday, Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan confirmed, and a source familiar with the matter said Monday's raids included the Loews Regency hotel where Cohen has been staying.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller had earlier indicted these employees for seeking to conduct "information warfare" against the U.S. Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, announced on April 4 that the testimony would take place.

The Trump legal team had previously scheduled the meeting, which was part of a series of ongoing negotiations between the Trump team and the Mueller team toward a potential interview with the president. They could potentially pursue a prosecution of Cohen and/or Trump if it was justified.

In a somewhat rambling statement, Trump then invoked Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversees the special counsel investigation.

At the same time, Trump faced a momentous decision about whether to carry out military strikes in Syria.

Mr Trump yesterday branded Mr Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", fuelling speculation that he will try to get him dismissed.

It's only getting worse the closer the investigation gets to him.

And all this is happening before we even know what the investigators will find in Cohen's files.

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".

There will also be a "taint team" to examine everything before it is handed over to prosecutors to make sure that those conducting the case never see any material that might be "tainted" by attorney-client privilege.

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