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Report: FBI raids Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office
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To take the FBI raided the President of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel space Monday, a collection of documents, Fox News has confirmed.
Federal agents reportedly obtained documents in connection with a number of issues, including its payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential elections. The New York Times was the first to report the raid.
“Today, the U.S. is running attorney’s office for the Southern district of New York, a series of search warrant and seized privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and its customers,” Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement Monday. “I have advised the state lawyers that the New York action was part of a recommendation by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Miller.”
The FBI did not respond immediately to Fox News’ request for comment.
A spokesman for the special counsel referred to Fox News in the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 28, § 600.4 on “additional responsibility.”
“If in the course of his or her investigation the Special Counsel concludes that additional jurisdiction beyond that specified in his or her original jurisdiction is necessary in order to fully investigate and resolve the matters assigned to it, or to investigate new matters that come to light in the court of his or her investigation, he or she shall consult with the Attorney General, who will determine whether the additional questions in the Special Council of the jurisdiction or assign them elsewhere,”the code reads.
That “elsewhere”, in this case, it might be.the US attorneys’ Office in the Southern District of New York
A spokesman for USDNY refused to comment to Fox News.
“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York for the conduct of their investigation by using the search function is guaranteed to be completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan told Fox News in a statement. “It led to the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his client.”
Ryan added: “This government’s tactics are also wrong, because Mr Cohen has cooperated fully with all government facilities, including the provision of thousands of non-privileged documents of the Congress and the meeting for statements under oath.”
Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed she had to refute a one-time sexual encounter with the President in the year 2006 and was paid $130,000 by Cohen in the days before the 2016 presidential elections as part of a confidentiality agreement she has been trying to.
Daniels and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, have pushed for deposits from the President and Cohen.
“Mr Cohen has been placed in the crosshairs of Mr. Trump,” Avenatti told Fox News on Monday. “He was set up to take the case. An enormous amount of false beliefs has been placed on his shoulders and I don’t think he has the courage to resist.”
Avenatti added, “If I’m right, this could end very, very badly for Mr. Trump and others.”
Cohen had been living in a hotel room, while some repairs were done to his apartment, Fox News has learned.
Two White house officials told Fox News on Monday that the President was watching cable news when the reports broke that the FBI had property in a RAID on Cohen’s. It is unclear at this point whether the President has spoken with Cohen.
Last week, Trump was asked by reporters during a gaggle on Air Force One, whether he knew that Cohen ‘ s 130.000 US-Dollar-payment to Daniels. “No,” Trump responded.
On the question of why Cohen made the payment, Trump said, “ask Michael Cohen–Michael is my lawyer.”
Trump also said he does not know where Cohen got the $ 130,000 to pay Daniels in the days before the election.
Fox News’ John Roberts, Kristin brown, Serafin Gomez and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Brooke Singman is a political Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter at @Brooke FoxNews.