UPDATED with President Donald Trump comments: “It’s a disgraceful situation,” President Donald Trump said at the top of a military leadership meeting Monday afternoon, of the FBI’s no-knock raid on his personal attorney’s office and home [WATCH Trump’s remarks below].
“I have this witch hunt constantly going on,” Trump complained calling it “an attack on our country…what we all stand for.”
Once again Trump blasted Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia election meddling probe.
Asked if he will fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump shot back:
“We’ll see what happens…Many people have said ‘You should fire him’. Again, they found nothing. And, in finding nothing that’s a big statement because you know the person who is in charge of the investigation — you know all about that – Deputy Rod Rosenstein, he wrote the letter very critical of [fired FBI director James] Comey.
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“I turned out to do the right thing. If you look at all of the things he’s done and the lies and you look at whats going on at the FBI…turned out I did the right thing. But he also signed the FISA warrant — Rod Rosenstein, who is in charge, also signed the FISA warrant and he also signed the letter that fired Comey and he was right about that. He was absolutely right about that.”
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Federal agents on Monday raided the Manhattan office, home and hotel room of Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Among the things seized were records of payment to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels claims she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.
Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, Washington Post reported, citing an unnamed source.
Also seized in the Monday raid were tax documents and business records, and communications between Cohen and Trump, reported the New York Times, which broke the story of the office no-knock raid. Fox News reported documents also were taken from Cohen’s home and the hotel room in which he was staying while repairs were being one to his home.
Michael Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, confirmd the raid in a statement:
“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client ,Michael Cohen, and his clients. I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
Raid is not directly related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election meddling and possible Trump campaign collusion, but pertaining to information he uncovered in the course of his investigation and passed along to prosecutors in New York.
“The decision by the US Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement. “It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”
Last week, Trump seemed to be throwing Cohen under the bus when he publicly addressed the Stormy Daniels situation for the first time. Asked by a reporter on Air Force One if he was aware of Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Daniels, he denied any knowledge telling reporters, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney.”
Appearing Monday on Fox News Channel, Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti insisted Trump had put Mr. Cohen “in the crosshairs.”
“He has been set-up to take the fall,” Avenatti said. “An enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed on his shoulders and I do not believe he has the mettle to withstand it.”
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