Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

FBI Raids Michael Cohen's Office

FBI Raids Michael Cohen's Office

Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had a sexual encounter with President Trump, is cooperating with Department of Justice investigators, a source close to the investigation tells CBS News' Paula Reid.

Sanders says Trump believes that Mueller's probe has "gone too far" after federal agents raided the offices of the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday.

Other documents collected by officials from Cohen's Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue home.include emails, tax documents and business records. Special Counsel Robert Mueller had to inform Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees his probe; submit a detailed explanation of what he was seeking to the department's Criminal Division; and get the approval of the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY. He says the depositions are needed to establish if Trump knew about the settlement agreement and if he "truly did not know about the $130,000 payment".

"This is about getting Donald Trump at all costs even if it means stretching the boundaries of exceptions to attorney-client privilege", said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo.

Before approving a warrant, a judge would have to be persuaded that the lawyer not only has information relevant to the investigation, but that the attorney was an active participant in a crime or was used by his client to commit a crime.

In addition to the payoff to Daniels, federal investigators are looking into a $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly also had an affair with Trump in 2006.

He called the raids a "whole new level of unfairness", on top of the almost year-long criminal investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the election aimed at helping Trump win and whether Trump obstructed justice to thwart the probe.

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Avenatti is also pushing to have Trump and Cohen answer questions under oath. "However, if the client is attempting to use the lawyer, or the lawyer is volunteering to be a part of an ongoing crime, there is no attorney-client privilege". The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair and Cohen has held that he made the payment out of his own pocket, without involvement from the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign.

"I would hope that steps like this are restricted to only the most unusual and extraordinary circumstances because it does have the potential to threaten the attorney-client relationship", he said. Russian Federation and Trump both deny any wrongdoing.

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. "It has ALWAYS been about the threats, cover-up and the lies that have been told to the American people". Trump has denied any collusion by his campaign.

Trump, however, continues to insist that he's the victim of what he calls "a witch hunt".

The raid infuriated the president, who said publicly it was a "disgrace" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "broke into" his lawyer's office.

President Donald Trump considered firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in December 2017 after the publication of news stories that turned out to be inaccurate. He added: "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!" That logic is unlikely to soothe Trump, who is reportedly itching to fire Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller.

It wasn't just on Twitter where Trump railed against the raid.

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