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The Michael Cohen Raid

12 April 2018

President Donald Trump declared attorney-client privilege "dead" on Tuesday, the morning after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the offices of his lawyer Michael Cohen.

However, in a Off Camera meeting with CNN Tuesday, " Cohen explained: "I am unhappy to own my own personal house and office raided.

More: What about attorney-client privilege? "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".

Federal prosecutors in NY obtained a search warrant to carry out the raid.

"The decision by the US Attorney's place of work at nyc to conduct their own analysis utilizing search warrants is wholly inappropriate and unwanted", Ryan told Fox News at a statement. The barrier to convincing a judge to approve a search warrant would be even higher in a case involving a sitting president.

"Leave Trump alone. Forget the story", Daniels said of the man's threat.

For federal agents to have searched Cohen's apartment, office, and hotel room, prosecutors must have convinced a judge that a raid was necessary to obtain evidence of a crime that Cohen might have attempted to hide or destroy if he was issued a subpoena. Here are some of the reasons why.

If the investigators in NY find anything related to the Russian Federation probe, they can share it with Mueller's team.

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Trump, who lashed out on Twitter at Mueller's probe and the Justice Department on Monday evening, met with his lawyers at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the FBI raid, which has confirmed their worst fears - that Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is mushrooming well beyond questions of campaign collusion.

"This is a very, very unique relationship, one that was remarkable", said Michael Caputo, a former Trump political adviser. To sum up, a Republican-appointed former F.B.I. director consulted with a Republican-appointed deputy attorney general, who then authorized a referral to an F.B.I. field office not known for its anti-Trump bias.

The interim U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY is Geoffrey S. Berman, who was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and is reportedly recused from the investigation.

According to the Post, the Federal Bureau of Investigation collected communications between Cohen and his clients - including Trump - alongside his personal financial records, computer, and phone during its execution of the search warrant.

At multiple points, Trump loyalists in the Justice Department could have blocked this.

From there, Cohen became a fixture in the president's organization. If Trump needed to, let's say, pay hush money to a porn star (to take a random example), Cohen would be the one he'd tell to take care of it.

Cohen has long worked as Trump's attorney and "fixer", helping go after his client's enemies and silence his critics.

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.

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A White House official said Trump had been watching TV reports, and that the President knew about the raid before the news broke.

A number of journalists have said Cohen threatened them with libel suits. That doesn't mean convictions are guaranteed, but it suggests that Michael Cohen at least, and probably his client as well, are in some extremely hot water. They will then pass that information on to a judge, who could then permit it to be used by Mueller, by the U.S. Attorney's office, by the NY state attorney general, or by the Manhattan district attorney.

Cohen, meanwhile, was busy handling a number of potential threats to Trump. The Federal Election Commission is now investigating that payment, a transaction that puts Trump, Cohen and the people who negotiated on the adult-film star's behalf in sensitive legal territory.

We don't know for certain the nature of the Southern District's investigation.

The first thing to note about this striking development is that the warrant was not obtained by Mueller himself. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation.

Asked if he was anxious, Cohen said; "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not".

It's only getting worse the closer the investigation gets to him.

Mr. Trump has spent his career in the company of developers and celebrities, and also of grifters, cons, sharks, goons and crooks.

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"Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

The Michael Cohen Raid