Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, a GOP prosecutor appointed by President Trump, personally signed off on Monday’s FBI raid of Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, The New York Times reported.
FBI officials raided Cohen’s office in Manhattan, along with his residence and a hotel room, and reportedly seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen’s payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels, according to the Times.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement Monday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant after receiving a referral “in part” from special counsel Robert Mueller and called the raid “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
The Washington Post reported on Monday that Cohen is being investigated for possible tax fraud and bank fraud as well as campaign finance violations.
Trump denounced the FBI raid on Monday as a “disgrace” and a “pure and simple witch hunt.”
“It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for,” Trump said at the White House.
“We’ll see what happens. … Many people have said ‘you should fire [Mueller],’ ” Trump said. “Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”