Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Contradicts POTUS' Depiction Of FBI Raid

Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Contradicts POTUS' Depiction Of FBI Raid

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Another issue, of course, is whether the communications at issue between Cohen and Trump will ultimately be deemed to be legitimate attorney-client privileged communications.

Because of the sensitive interests involved and the inherent risks of damage to legitimate attorney-client relationships, the Department of Justice has established certain heightened procedures ("Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys") that must be complied with before seeking a warrant to search an attorney's premises.

Cohen has said he took out a personal line of credit on his home to pay Daniels days before the 2016 election and without Trump's knowledge.

Should the president's lawyer be charged with an offence, "that could provide substantial leverage for Mueller in trying to secure his co-operation in the Russian Federation probe", said Seth Abramson, an attorney and professor known for his popular, sometimes conspiratorial Twitter takedowns of the Trump administration.

Cohen has denied wrongdoing. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

A search by the authorities of an attorney's office and seizing of legal documents is a rare event, but nevertheless possible if the attorney is being investigated, two legal advisors told Sputnik on Tuesday commenting on the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid a day earlier of President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen's office.

Yet in the wake of Monday's action against Cohen, the president's longtime personal counsel, multiple sources told ABC News things might be changing and that the president, per one source, is "understandably less trusting" of Mueller and his team. Some reports, including one from Vanity Fair, speculated that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may be trying to flip Cohen to testify against Trump, but there have been no reports indicating that is the case.

Monday's raid on Cohen's office, home and hotel room steps up the pressure on Trump, whose troubles have evolved from political obstacles he could swat away to potentially serious legal problems that could imperil his presidency.

In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently. As the current regulations stand, any dismissal for cause would have to be carried out by Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller in May 2017 and has repeatedly expressed support for him.

The effort by investigators to obtain documents related to the bank and Cohen's taxi business is the latest detail to emerge about the raid of Cohen's office and residences Monday, which enraged Trump. The U.S. attorney's office had no comment. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has similarly shown little interest, saying Tuesday he doesn't think Mueller will be fired. Prosecutors may also attempt to use Mr. Cohen's growing legal woes as leverage to turn him into a co-operating witness against Mr. Trump.

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

If there's anybody who knows a lot about Trump's legal and business orbit, it's his personal lawyer, known for acting more in the capacity as a fixer, dealmaker and media attack dog for Trump than as legal counsel. Cohen also made the $130,000 payoff to the porn actress Stormy Daniels, ahead of the 2016 election, which she claims was meant to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

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