President Trump wants the American people to believe that the FBI raid on Michael D. Cohen’s Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room is an “attack” against America.
FBI officials on Monday morning seized business records, emails, and other documents related to various topics. Among those topics was a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult actress Stormy Daniels.
Taking to Twitter, Trump’s favorite social media platform, the 45th POTUS said the U.S. Justice Department was engaged in a “witch hunt.” The President also claimed that the FBI “broke into” Mr. Cohen’s office.
Speaking at the White House in front of his senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, Trump said the FBI acted illegally. The President made his claim despite a valid search warrant.
Federal prosecutors obtained the search warrant on a referral from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Mr. Cohen’s lawyer personal attorney, Stephen Ryan, called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation. It’s believed the warrant was obtained after Mueller passed along information to officials in New York.
Trump then eluded to the possibility that he may fire Mueller. “We’ll see what may happen,” Mr. Trump said Monday. “Many people have said you should fire him.”
Deflecting To Other FBI-Related Issues
The president attempted to use his typical deflection tactics following the raid. Trump accused Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, for recusing himself in the Russia inquiry. The POTUS then attacked the FBI for failing to investigate Hillary Clinton, “where there are crimes.”
Trump further spoke out against Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing the Russia investigation before calling Robert Mueller’s team “the most biased group of people.”
“That is really now on a whole new level of unfairness,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan confirmed the raids, stating, “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.”
It’s still unclear how much significance prosecutors are putting on the hush money paid to Stormy Daniels.
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