The FBI on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, reports The New York Times.
The Times reports that federal prosecutors in Manhattan, which seized records related to several topics including the $130,000 payment he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels days before the election, obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
Daniels says the $130,000 payment was “hush money” intended to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
According to the Times, the “search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.”
“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
The Times adds:
The seized records include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen, which would likely require a special team of agents to review because conversations between lawyers and clients are protected from scrutiny in most instances.