Raid on Trump's lawyer sought records of payments to women

Aaron Brown
April 11, 2018

He is maintaining his innocence.

In his tirade against the FBI, Mr Trump mused about the possibility that he might soon fire Mr Mueller. Trump has said he had no knowledge of the payment.

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.

In his statement, Avenatti says he and Daniels "will fully cooperate with any search for the truth regarding the threats, cover-up and lies concerning the NDA and $130k payment". Cohen is in a legal dispute over a hush agreement Daniels signed before the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about the alleged affair.

In addition to the payoff to Daniels, federal investigators are looking into a $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly also had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Authorities have the ability to waive this provision when the occasion warrants it. Angelo Kakolyris, a spokesman for Squire Patton Boggs, said, "The firm's arrangement with Mr. Cohen reached its conclusion, mutually and in accordance with the terms of the agreement".

In order to fall under attorney-client protection, the documents just have to be related to Cohen dispensing legal advice or gathering information in order to give that advice, Litman said. Cohen denied that such a meeting took place.

Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller reacts to applause from the audience during his farewell ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, U.S. on August 1, 2013. Last June, the President vented internally about wanting to fire Mr Mueller, but was talked out of it.

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

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"Many people have said you should fire him". One Mueller witness, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, recently connected the special counsel with the payment, saying in an interview on MSNBC last month that prosecutors had asked him about payments to women.

A hard-charging attorney who has relentlessly kept the case in the headlines, Avenatti said "common sense dictates" that this person could only have been someone associated with Trump or the Trump Organization. "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned".

Police and security stand outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the location for the offices of U.S. President Donald Tump's lawyer Michael Cohen which was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation today in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 9, 2018.

"I would be lying to you if I told that I am not [worried]", Cohen added to CNN.

Mueller's office and the USA attorney's office did not comment on Monday's raid.

"It would be suicide for the president to want to talk about firing Mueller".

He criticised Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, and called Mr Mueller's team "the most biased group of people", who he said were mostly Democrats and some Republicans who had worked for former president Barack Obama.

Mueller referred the matter to the USA attorney's office in Manhattan. But for the privilege to be nullified, Litman said the taint team would have to get the approval of the court to present the material to the prosecution. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation. This was always the greatest danger for Trump, who has spent a lifetime skirting around both the letter and spirit of the law.

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