FBI's Cohen raids hit home for President Trump

FBI agents raided the New York offices of President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen

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

The New York Times, which first reported the news about the two women, said the search warrant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids also sought information about McDougal, who was paid $US150,000 by the parent company of The National Enquirer tabloid, which then withheld a story about her relationship with Trump.

"It's a disgraceful situation". Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it.

"It's an attack on our country in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for".

Among them: Trump's comments to reporters last week, denying knowledge of the Daniels payment or the source of the hush money.

So far, 19 people have been indicted, including the chairman of Trump's campaign and his former national security advisor.

In his tirade against the FBI, Mr Trump mused about the possibility that he might soon fire Mr Mueller.

But the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, said it was a Trump-appointed prosecutor who had sought the search warrant, which was in turn approved by a judge.

"As Trump floats firing Mueller, all Members must speak out - or stop feigning devotion to the Constitution". And White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president thinks he can fire special counsel Robert Mueller, but isn't taking that step now.

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The White House has denied there was a sexual relationship. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " the president added. "Democrats all, or just about all", the president added.

Cohen said he was anxious, adding, "Do I need this in my life? No. Again they found nothing and in finding nothing that's a big statement", he said.

A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press Berman was removed from the investigation of Trump attorney Michael Cohen before investigators obtained search warrants in the case.

But Cohen said he was unhappy to have his office and residences raided, and he is anxious about the federal investigation. The best-case scenario for him at this point is that (a) the payment to Daniels is somehow deemed not to have been a campaign contribution even though Cohen didn't think to get her to sign an NDA about a five-year-old affair until three weeks before the 2016 election, and (b) it turns out that Cohen really did sign the hush-money agreement on Trump's behalf, as his lawyer, but never told Trump the details, which would merely be a major ethical breach instead of a criminal violation.

He is also known as a rough-and-tumble "fixer" for Trump, dedicated to protecting his boss's interests. New reporting this afternoon says Daniels is now cooperating with federal investigators. He said the president could "assert" his rights as Cohen's client and "go into court and seek to demand returned every bit of information that is arguably lawyer-client privilege before anybody has a chance to read anything". Now, above and beyond that, this is an unusual and special warrant because this is a search warrant of an attorney's residence.

While specifics about the bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign law violations for which Cohen is reportedly under investigation have not been made public, a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday said that Cohen could have provided false information about the source of the $130,000 and the goal of the payment.

But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., one of Trump's leading allies on the Hill, privately urged Republican colleagues on Tuesday to consider holding Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department does not provide him with documents he has sought about the Russian Federation probe in coming days.

Stormy Daniels, an adult film star and director whose real name is Stephanie Clifford is interviewed by Anderson Cooper of CBS News' 60 Minutes program in early March 2018, in a still image from video provided March 25, 2018.

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