Both the office and home of Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s longtime attorney was raided Monday, according to reports.
The New York Times first reported that FBI agents seized several documents including some related to the $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
“Today the US 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,”Stephen Ryan, Cohen’s lawyer, told the Times. “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 decision by the US Attorney’s Office in New York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan continued.
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath.”
The law enforcement action will almost certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to adult movie “actress” Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. The payment was made just days before the 2016 presidential election, and Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it, AP reported
Pundits and analysts are comparing this to the Bill Clinton impeachment. Ken Starr’s initial probe of the Whitewater real estate scandal led to impeaching former President Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky. FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia and Donald Trump could be taking a pivot into a crusade to impeach Trump over Stormy Daniels. Conservative internet icon Matt Drudge, was one of several who pointed this out.