Cohen attempting to prevent government from using materials seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Cohen attempting to prevent government from using materials seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office.

Nancy Gertner, former MA federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst.

The question is, in what way, for whom, the raid is evidence that problems will be getting worse. They are supposed to be handled carefully.

Trump blasted the Mueller team as "the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen", labeling a lot of them Democrats and saying the few Republicans had worked for President Barack Obama.

WUSA9 researchers verified the Federal Bureau of Investigation did have the legal authority to search Michael Cohen's office.

"Michael Cohen's legal problems and issues are his own", White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said on CNN Friday.

Additionally, a source close to the President said there have been ongoing negotiations between Mueller's team and the President's legal team for a potential interview, but the raid on the President's personal attorney has upended those discussions.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, suggested at one of the hearings that his client might be the subject of some of the seized materials, and her interests needed protection as well. In a federal case, officials would normally leave those alone. Outside court, he said: "We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client". On Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump struck back on Twitter: "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" he wrote, "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!" Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized?.

This means lots of personnel would be involved. "If they are discussing how to commit a crime, that is also not privileged", he said. Cohen's job was to reprise the role once played by one of the most important men in Trump's life: lawyer Roy Cohn, the pugnacious attorney who taught Trump that the best way to survive was to counterpunch 100 times harder.

Cohen has come under scrutiny over a $130,000 payment he made shortly before the 2016 election to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who has said that she once had sex with Trump and was paid to keep quiet about it. NY is a one-party consent state, meaning Cohen could legally record any phone conversation without the other person's knowledge. The raid made the President angry. It is possible he knows nothing about the alleged payments to women, as he has publicly claimed.

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.

Trump did not make this distinction is his Monday attack on the Federal Bureau of Investigation action against his lawyer.

Indeed, when a reporter asked why he didn't, as the reporter put it, "just fire the guy", the President, after again stating that the whole thing was a disgrace, answered, "We'll see what happens".

"This is ridiculous. This is now getting ridiculous", Trump said Monday, pointing to a "whole new level of unfairness". After the searches, he stepped up attacks against Mueller's probe before saying on Thursday that he was cooperating with the authorities.

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.

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