"Trump's Moment of Truth": Will Mueller Flip Cohen?
Апреля 24 2018, 07:05 | Irvin Gilbert
Attorney Michael Cohen arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with then President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016.
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Armed with a search warrant based in part on information provided by Russian Federation special counsel Robert Mueller, federal agents seized records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
In the hours that followed Mr. Trump's initial anger over the Deutsche Bank reports, his lawyers and advisers worked quickly to learn about the subpoenas and ultimately were told by Mr. Mueller's office that the reports were not accurate, leading the president to back down.
Last month, Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent letters to the Trump Organization demanding the business preserve all of its records relating to the $130,000 transaction.
On Monday, the FBI's public corruption unit raided Cohen's home, office, and a room he was renting at a hotel.
Further, that special counsel Robert Mueller referred evidence found on Mr. Cohen to Mr. Rosenstein, who then referred it to the Southern District of NY.
The President, who spoke at the White House before meeting with senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid a "disgraceful situation" and an "attack on our country, in a true sense". Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006.
The U.S. leader said that with the raids, "Attorney-client privilege is dead", the U.S. legal principle under which most private conversations between lawyers and their clients can not be used in court against them unless they were conspiring to commit a crime.
Before approving a warrant, a judge would have to be persuaded that the lawyer not only has information relevant to the investigation, but that the attorney was an active participant in a crime or was used by his client to commit a crime.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's seen no clear indication that Congress needs to step in and pass legislation that would prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. "We do know this is a very serious step when law enforcement raids an attorney's office".
'The attorney general made a bad mistake when he did this, and when he recused himself, ' Trump said.
He fumed about the raids, accusing investigators of being politically biased against him, while continuing to search for information after he said they have not found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "Many people have said [I] should fire him". "It's a total witch hunt".
"I would be lying to you if I told that I am not", he responded. Trump has obviously wanted to fire Robert Mueller from the beginning, but his aides and lawyers have convinced him that it would precipitate a constitutional crisis. "This is a pure and simple witch hunt". Trump officials have denied he had relations with either woman.
Paul Ryan, Common Cause's top lawyer, said his group played a key role in making a legal case with federal election regulators and Justice Department's lawyers to examine the payoffs. If approved, Trump would be the first sitting president to be deposed since former President Bill Clinton during Ken Starr's special counsel investigation.
It wasn't just on Twitter where Trump railed against the raid.
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