FBI Sought Records On 'Access Hollywood' Tape In Cohen Raid

FBI Sought Records On 'Access Hollywood' Tape In Cohen Raid

FBI Sought Records On 'Access Hollywood' Tape In Cohen Raid

Donald Trump has blasted the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller as a "disgrace" and a "witch-hunt" after FBI agents raided the NY offices of the president's long time personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have been telling Trump that firing Mueller would leave the president vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice and have said that he must have "good cause" to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oust Mueller, the officials said.

According to sources, the Federal Bureau of Investigation also seized emails, tax documents and business records, including communications between Trump and Cohen.

The Washington Post reports that Cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. First, it has been widely reported that it was Mueller, whose team has had extensive dealings with Cohen and subpoenaed countless documents, who referred the matter to NY investigators. "I have been guided by federal prosecutors the NY task isalso a part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, " Robert Mueller. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " the president added. It's possible that there is evidence of Cohen's involvement in other domestic crimes unrelated to Russian Federation and that Mueller's probe is focused on Cohen's worldwide activity on behalf of the Trump Organization.

Daniels claims she had an affair with the president in 2006, which the White House has denied.

Monday's high-profile raid on Cohen's offices, home and hotel room mark the latest twist in a legal drama that experts say could pose serious risks for Cohen and Trump alike. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation.

Ryan called the search "completely inappropriate and unnecessary", and said federal prosecutors had told him it stemmed partially from a referral by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller.

"This is about getting Donald Trump at all costs even if it means stretching the boundaries of exceptions to attorney-client privilege", said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo. But that may be overstated, according to one of MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace's sources, who claims that Cohen not only won't take a bullet for the president, he's unlikely to go to jail for him either. "If I were a prosecutor hearing both the lawyer and the client say the client had no awareness whatsoever of that, I would now feel very confident going to a judge to seek that material". "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", about it, he told reporters.

After Trump found out about Monday's raid, he described it as "disgraceful" and tweeted that "attorney-client privilege was dead".

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Dandiels' lawyer continued his tirade against Cohen by saying he does not have the smarts to withstand the kind of legal pressure he's going to be hit with amid the FBI's investigation.

Anticipation that something grave is about to happen was meanwhile fueled by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insisting that Trump "certainly" believes it is in his power to fire the special counsel. "Do I want to be involved in this? No".

Criticizing Mueller for veering into "highly personal issues", such as the alleged Daniels encounter, Giuliani added, "The only thing that's happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify". FBI Director Chris Wray is a Trump-appointed Republican. More senior-level departures are expected in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the dynamic but not authorised to discuss it publicly.

Mueller's spokesman declined to comment to the Times Wednesday.

"We do not generally comment on such matters, but have and will continue to comply with inquiries from proper authorities", the Trump spokesperson said.

If Trump tries to scupper the probe, it could set in motion a series of events that eventually threaten his presidency.

But Cohen said he was unhappy to have his office and residences raided, and he is anxious about the federal investigation.

On Tuesday, the president also canceled a plan trip to the Summit of the Americas in Peru, sending Vice President Mike Pence instead.

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