Trump Furious At FBI Raid of His Attorney's Office

Trump Furious At FBI Raid of His Attorney's Office

Trump Furious At FBI Raid of His Attorney's Office

At the start of a meeting with senior military leadership Monday night, President Trump blasted the FBI's raid of his personal lawyer's office, calling it a "disgraceful situation" and an "attack on our country in a true sense ... an attack on what we all stand for".

Minutes later he publicly unleashed his sharpest invective to date against the sweeping investigation, calling the Monday search "a disgrace". Agents seized documents relating to a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, the adult film star, as well as emails, tax records and business documents, according to The New York Times.

Federal agents searched Cohen's office at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in NY, where he had been working as part of a "strategic partnership" with the law firm Squire Patton Boggs.

Hours after the raid, Trump raged: 'They raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning and I think it's a disgrace'.

As part of his investigation into the Trump Organization's foreign deals, Mueller is said to be particularly interested in the company's push to build a Trump Tower in Moscow in 2015, just months after Trump gave the talk in Kiev.

Daniels claims the money was given to her in order to keep her affair with Trump, which happened while he was married to Melania, a secret.

Trump has also launched repeated criticisms at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation previous year.

The raid on Cohen's office was conducted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based at least partly on a referral from Mueller, according to Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

"What's more disturbing is that, in the wake of these reports, the President appears to be using this unrelated action as a pretext to disparage Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and openly contemplate firing him". One Mueller witness, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, recently connected the special counsel with the payment, saying in an interview last month that prosecutors had asked him about payments to women.

Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time last week, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and he didn't know where Cohen had gotten the money.

"The attorney general made a awful mistake when he did this. he certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have put a different attorney general in", the president said.

Word of the Cohen raid came as the White House suffers from decreased morale amid a period of staff turnover and policy unpredictability.

The harsh tone of Trump's comments immediately drew warnings from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have sought to preserve Mueller's independence. Lindsey Graham said he didn't know the goal of Mueller's raid on Cohen, but added, "I just want to let Mr. Mueller do his job without any political interference". "The investigation is critical to the health of our democracy and must be allowed to continue", he said. He described it as Special Counsel Robert Mueller going fishing. Rosenstein then would determine whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another USA attorney or another part of the Justice Department.

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