Trump on Cohen raid: It is a total witch-hunt


Trump on Cohen raid: It is a total witch-hunt

His anger continued through Tuesday morning, when he apparently referred to the special counsel investigation as a "total witch hunt". The raid on Monday came by way of a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller. "Angry and increasingly isolated, the president is more unpredictable than ever", reported Politico this week, in one of many behind-the-scenes accounts portraying Trump as being driven to distraction by this latest development.

The president also complained about Session's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, a longtime sticking point for Trump, who felt that his top Justice Department official should have done more to protect him. On Tuesday afternoon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, suggested that Trump had the power to get rid of Mueller without going through the Justice Department. "I can't go anything beyond that". That logic is unlikely to soothe Trump, who is reportedly itching to fire Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller. "Cohen would not be a subject or target that Trump would wish to have flipped against him".

He has always been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trump's nascent political life.

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said Monday that prosecutors seized communications between Cohen and his clients based in part on a referral by Mueller. So for at least some potential crimes, it may be too late for Trump to fire Mueller.

Railing against what he described as a "witch hunt" and "an attack on our country", Trump pilloried his own attorney general and noting that "many people" were advising him to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, had his home and office raided Monday by several Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who were acting on a referral filed by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Agents also subpoenaed records of New York City taxi medallions that Cohen owns, according to CNN.

It's Cohen's role in the Daniels story that has attracted the most legal scrutiny.

Cohen, 51, first caught Trump's eye in the early 2000s when, as a member of the condo board at a Trump property, he took it upon himself to wade into a nasty dispute between Trump's management company and some residents at a skyscraper near the United Nations.

Last week, Trump said he did not know about the payment. But there are several reasons to believe that the investigation into Cohen is serious.

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided". Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general under Obama, described it as "very bad news" for Cohen.

"That is at a whole new level of unfairness", the president added. The attorney-client privilege Trump referred to is meant to encourage open communications between lawyers and their clients so lawyers can provide sound legal advice.

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. The FBI also seized e-mails, tax documents and business records, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Mr Mueller is also probing a US$150,000 (S$196,600) payment Ukrainian billionaire steel magnate Victor Pinchuk made during the United States presidential campaign to the Donald J. Trump Foundation for the American real estate developer to give a 20-minute speech via video link.

Among them: Trump's comments to reporters last week, denying knowledge of the Daniels payment or the source of the hush money. "I think it's disgraceful and so do a lot of other people".



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