Records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape a focus of FBI Cohen raid

Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has kept his client's alleged affair with Donald Trump in the headlines

Trump's advisers have spent the last 24 hours trying to convince the president not to make an impulsive decision that could put the president in more legal jeopardy and ignite a controversy that could consume his presidency, several people close to Trump said. At this stage, we don't know if the NY investigators have any evidence to suggest that Cohen violated the law, or that Trump might also be implicated.

"I believe it will soon be shown everything I did was legal", added Cohen.

Trump slammed Sessions for his "terrible mistake" in recusing himself. "It's a total witch-hunt", Trump said. My lawyers that I give thousands of dollars to couldn't do it.

"At that point, anything to do with that entire incident is, I would argue, not attorney-client privilege, " said Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who practices law in Chicago. After all, the hard-charging lawyer is virtually family to the President and, as his personal fixer for over a decade, is in a position to know his most private business. I would imagine that if the special counsel's office hadn't been interested in Trump-related accounts there already, word of the president's tantrum must have piqued some interest. But it was Rosenstein who Trump faulted by name. He has berated reporters for writing an unflattering word about his boss. The publisher of the National Enquirer paid McDougal for the rights to her story of an alleged affair with Trump, also right before the election.

Reports surfaced in March that special counsel Robert Mueller was examining documents pertaining to incidents involving Cohen.

Trump called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting speculation that he might try to fire the special prosecutor to derail his probe. It's possible that there is evidence of Cohen's involvement in other domestic crimes unrelated to Russian Federation and that Mueller's probe is focused on Cohen's global activity on behalf of the Trump Organization.

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




But Mueller followed protocol by referring the Cohen matter to legal authorities in NY and the raid was legally authorized, leaving little basis for Trump's claims it represented an assault on everything America stood for. He also said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "broke in" to Cohen's offices.

"What do you call a lawyer who graduated with a 2.0?" Cohen would joke, according to Crockett's AP interview. He's now a partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, New York.

Trump lashed out Monday day, also Tuesday morning, phoning Mueller's analysis a "absolute witch investigation" and a "assault on the nation, at an actual sense". He said he did not recall receiving a response. In February 2018, she then alleged an intimate relationship.

Trump claimed on Thursday not to know where the money Cohen used came from, ignored a question about whether he ever set up a fund that Cohen could draw from and directed further inquiries to the attorney himself. Trump officials have denied he had relations with either woman. The magazine never ran the story, saying it paid McDougal to write fitness columns instead. In 2011, Cohen threatened the magazine In Touch with a lawsuit if it published a story about the affair, almost six years before he made the $130,000 payment.

Late Tuesday, " Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, tweeted he and his customer would "fully cooperate" with any investigation between the $130,000 cost.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, sent letters to the Trump Organization demanding the business preserve all its records relating to the $130,000 transaction.

Trump's attitude toward Rosenstein, and the judicial system's code of internal integrity, seemed certain to take a further poisonous turn with news Tuesday that Geoffrey Berman, the interim United States attorney for the Southern District of NY, which oversaw the Cohen raid, had recused himself from the matter.

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