Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

President Trump Responds To FBI Raid Of His Lawyer's Office

President Trump Responds To FBI Raid Of His Lawyer's Office

Allies of President Trump fear federal investigators could have their hands on recordings made by Mr. Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, according to a Washington Post report. Legal ethics rules bar attorneys from settling a claim without their clients' knowledge or using their own money to fund settlements.

Federal agents have raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Cohen, meanwhile, was busy handling a number of potential threats to Trump.

Mueller's investigation is ongoing. "Cohen would not be a subject or target that Trump would wish to have flipped against him".

A source familiar with the matter said agents were looking in Monday's raids for information on payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Mr Cohen could be found to have broken campaign funding laws if a court decides the impending election was the motivation for the payment. The operation was "respectful" and "courteous", he told ABC News today.

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Such recordings "would be considered a gold mine", said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University who specialises in legal ethics.

Moscow has denied US intelligence agencies' findings that it meddled in the 2016 presidential campaign and sought to tilt the race in Trump's favour.

Thomas McKay, one of the prosecutors handling the case, said the president's attorney-client privileges are no different than anyone else's. "It can not be discovered", he said.

Even then, prosecutors have to be extraordinarily careful about what communications remain privileged.

"Attorney-client privilege is dead, ' tweeted Mr Trump, who said the agents 'broke in". "When you obtain a search warrant, you list in the search warrant the items to be seized", he explained.

The central question was: who gets to review the information seized in Monday's Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office, apartment, and hotel room? "If I was Trump, that would be my biggest concern".

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But because it was not about Russia, Mueller he alerted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The Justice Department is asking for a so-called taint team to vet the material seized in the raids Monday, as is standard process. White House attorney Ty Cobb and White House Counsel Donald McGahn have repeatedly sought to dissuade Trump from firing Mueller and renewed their efforts after the raids, two United States officials familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

That's according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Tuesday that Trump "certainly believes that he has the power" to fire Mueller. Defense attorneys typically advise clients under investigation to avoid speaking with one another.

If they find material that does not involve legal advice between a lawyer and a client, or is exempted from the attorney-client privilege because it contains evidence of a crime, that material can be turned over to investigators.

"He's trying to contain himself but it's not working", she told Inside Edition. Broidy, in a statement Friday, said that he retained Cohen in the matter after the lawyer approached him about it. But don't expect new indictments too soon. "Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on - we'll see what happens". "Nixon didn't resign because of the Ellsberg Papers, but that led to the Watergate break-in, that led to the cover-up, and Nixon's resignation was tied directly to the cover-up. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period".

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