Stormy Daniels cooperating with federal investigators following Cohen raid


That's according to a report Tuesday from The New York Times. The FBI also seized e-mails, tax documents and business records, according to a person briefed on the matter.

"Monday's raid was to seek records on the deal set up between ex-Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal and a company that reportedly paid her amid the 2016 presidential campaign cycle to keep her account from publication", CNN said. AMI has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist.

Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal.

The FBI's raid on the offices of US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has unsettled the White House, the markets - and other men named Michael Cohen.

The pronouncement came on the heels of reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants at the Manhattan office of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, April 9. Trump called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting new speculation that Trump might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel, Robert Mueller. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said.

The raid came as Mueller's probe intensifies its focus on Trump's inner circle.

A White House aide said Justice Department guidance that only Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, could fire Mueller did not apply to Trump, who has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch.

The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan.

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

"We'll see what may happen", Mr Trump said on Monday. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election. Here's Avenatti on MSNBC last night claiming that he feels a bit sorry for Cohen, whom he expects will be forced to be Trump's fall guy.

MARIOTTI: Well, for any warrants, prosecutors have to obtain evidence that shows that there was a good reason to believe a crime occurred and that evidence of that crime was at the place that they're searching.

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Getting search warrants for a lawyer's office "cannot be done by a line prosecutor with a unit chief's approval", Sandick said.

In this case, Mueller opted to refer the matter to federal prosecutors in Manhattan. On Tuesday afternoon, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, suggested that Trump had the power to get rid of Mueller without going through the Justice Department.

Some White House allies think that this one, like numerous administration's pockets of turbulence, was brought on by Trump himself - specifically, by comments he made last week aboard Air Force One, when he claimed he had no knowledge of the payment Cohen made to Daniels, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

The U.S. Attorney's Office involvement may be a courtesy because the search is in their district, he said. Monday's raid was first reported by The New York Times.

In the weeks since, the media-savvy Avenatti has helped keep the spotlight on the case, shepherding his client through a high-stakes 60 Minutes interview, sparring with one of Cohen's lawyers on cable news, taunting Cohen and Trump on Twitter and hinting at startling new developments.

Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.

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 objective of the payment. He calls Mueller investigation a "witch hunt".

"Cohen is in a legal dispute over a hush agreement Daniels signed before the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about the alleged affair".

What do you think of the raids against Michael Cohen?

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued Cohen to be released from a nondisclosure agreement over an alleged one-night stand with Trump in 2006. Cohen has repeatedly said that he gave Daniels a hundred and thirty thousand dollars in hush money, using his own cash.

"He is the prototypical straight arrow", Kevin Marino, a New Jersey attorney who's a longtime friend of Berman's, said in an email.

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