Donald Trump seethes over Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, ponders firing Rosenstein, Mueller

Donald Trump seethes over Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, ponders firing Rosenstein, Mueller

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.

On Twitter, at least, the President didn't mention the possibility of firing Robert Mueller, the special counsel, as he did during his rant to the press on Monday.

Right-wing commentator Kurt Schlichter said "federal agents are stealing and reading communications between an attorney and his client" and radio host Buck Sexton said, "Attorney client privilege is apparently meaningless in this era of get Trump at all costs".

Third, while attorney-client privilege shields many forms of communication between a lawyer and his or her client, it doesn't shield everything.

A longtime lawyer for President Trump argued in a new court filing this week that he was simply being "hyperbolic" when he suggested adult film actress Stormy Daniels was lying about an affair she claimed to have had with President Trump.

The fraud claims prompted speculation that he may have misled banks over the reason for the large payment, made shortly before the president won the 2016 United States election. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation.

But when the occasion warrants it, authorities have the ability to waive this provision. But there are several reasons to believe that the investigation into Cohen is serious.

Prosecutors from the Southern District came to the criminal division at the Justice Department in Washington to sign off on the warrants, as required by the US Attorney's Manual, according to the source, and Rosenstein was made aware of the warrants before they were executed Monday.

Cohen looks like he could be in a lot of trouble, and that may mean trouble for President Trump, too.

"Because of the attorney general's recusal, only Deputy AG Rosenstein could remove the special counsel, and it would have to be for good cause". Rosenstein then determines whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another US attorney or another part of the Justice Department.

Police and security stand outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Monday the location for Cohen's offices
Police and security stand outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza on Monday the location for Cohen's offices

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, declined to confirm that his client is cooperating with federal investigators, only telling the Daily News that he "can't comment".

A senior administration official said the White House has been discussing potential options with key congressional Republican leaders, fearful of "blindsiding them".

Former FBI Director and US special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 Presidential election has rattled US President Donald Trump.

Reports on Tuesday indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking for documents related to the payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, the hush agreement between a media company and Playboy model Karen McDougal, and Cohen's taxi medallion business. Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.

Both women recently filed lawsuits over the deals.

The early-morning searches enraged Trump, associates said, setting off an angry public tirade Monday evening that continued in private at the White House as the president fumed about whether he should fire Rosenstein. The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair.

Criticizing Mueller for veering into "highly personal issues", such as the alleged Daniels encounter, Giuliani added, "The only thing that's happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify".

"I will always protect my POTUS", Cohen tweeted Sunday. The source said Cohen kept extensive electronic records. In the email, the representative said funds had been deposited in Cohen's account.

The Washington Post reports that Cohen is under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations.




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