They include allegations that the $130,000 Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels days before the presidential election amounted to an illegal, excessive campaign contribution.
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said in a Tuesday briefing: “He certainly believes he has the power to do so”, An aide said Justice Department guidance that only Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could fire Mueller was no more than guidance and did not apply to Trump, who has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch.
Among them: Trump’s comments to reporters last week, denying knowledge of the Daniels payment or the source of the hush money. The raid on Cohen was not carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
“On Monday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the office and home of President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen (the other one)”.
Former FBI Director and US special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 Presidential election has rattled US President Donald Trump.
MARTIN: All right. Renato Mariotti, he’s a former federal prosecutor, explaining to us the significance of the FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s offices.
Marks also characterized Trump’s comments as freakish but noted that the U.S. president’s words do not constitute obstruction of justice.
Almost half the Senate gathered to interrogate Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, and “they clustered around him like. senators around a billionaire”, Stephen Colbert said on Tuesday’s Late Show.
“This raid is ominous for Trump”. “If Cohen and Trump worked together to come up with the scheme, they might also both be guilty of conspiring to commit a campaign finance violation”.
I think it’s fine for Trump to criticize the conduct of the investigation, and there are troubling questions raised by agents seizing lawyer-client records about his communication with Cohen.
In 2015, The Daily Beast reported, Cohen threatened a lawsuit and more over a coming story saying Trump’s previous wife Ivana once accused her husband of raping her.
“It’s a disgrace, it’s, frankly, a real disgrace, it’s an attack on our country in a true sense”.
Trump said on Twitter Tuesday that “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” It was the execution of a search warrant approved by a judge.
Many independent legal experts believe that Trump would have to order Rod Rosenstein, the deputy Attorney General, who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, to terminate Mueller.
Sanders said Trump has chose to stay in the United States to “oversee the American response to Syria and to monitor developments around the world”.
Agents seized files relating to Cohen´s work, which included making a $130,000 payment before the 2016 election to an adult film actress who says she had a tryst with the Trump a decade earlier. The warrants were obtained by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY. He calls Mueller investigation a “witch hunt”.
Avenatti said he even feels a little sorry for Cohen, ‘just because of the seriousness of the situation’. It’s not unheard of to execute a search warrant on an attorney’s office, but executing such a warrant on the personal attorney of the US president is something else altogether, perhaps even historic. Many in the president’s orbit think Rosenstein’s position is now the most endangered if the president decides to take action to try to halt the probe, according to people familiar with the situation.
The discussions come as Trump’s newest national security adviser, John Bolton, stepped into the job this week.