President Trump's Wild Response to the FBI Raid on Michael Cohen's Office

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Michael Cohen leaves the Hart Building after his meeting with the Senate Intelligence

The raids infuriated Trump, who tweeted "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" on Tuesday.

Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, helped negotiate the $1.6 million nondisclosure agreement between Broidy and the Playboy model previous year, according to two people familiar with the agreement. A military strike would mark Trump's second retaliatory strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad's government at a time when Trump is seeking to reduce the US footprint in Syria.

"He certainly believes that he has the power to do so", she said at Tuesday's press briefing.

"We have substantial reason to believe that when Michael Cohen opened the bank accounts at First Republic Bank for the purposes of wiring this money, that he was not truthful and honest with the bank as to the objective of those accounts and what they were created to be used for", Avenatti said on CNN.

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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. Trump said when asked last week that he did not know about the payment and referred other questions about the matter to Cohen. Critics have said any Trump effort to remove Mueller would amount to interference in the investigation.

Trump's explosive response to news of the raid may help to explain why it was carried out by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, rather than by Mueller's team. "I think that things are going to sound like they are slowing down for a little bit because all of this information has to be pulled, digested, analyzed, inputted into a bigger picture", he cautioned.

Ryan said in a statement that the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY had executed "a series of search warrants", and that federal prosecutors had told him it stemmed partially from a referral by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. Acting with a search warrant, the raid was carried out at least in part based on a referral from Mueller's team to a federal prosecutor in NY.

The White House official said it is unclear if Trump has spoken to Cohen. It was, he said, "a whole new level of unfairness". "I've wanted to keep it down", he said, without quite explaining how you keep a man like Mueller "down". The seizure of records should have followed applicable procedures for searching an attorney's office records to protect legitimate attorney-client privilege.

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is asking a federal judge to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. Cohen will also reportedly seek an emergency stay of that lawsuit, citing the FBI's raid and the "overlapping" ongoing criminal investigation.

There is growing concern in Trump's orbit that the turmoil will only continue following the release next week of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's book, which promises to reveal new details about his conversations with the president and the Russian Federation probe.

The new details on the Cohen raid emerged as the president boiled over on Twitter about it and evidence that investigators are zeroing in on his inner circle. Trump officials have denied he had relations with either woman. Again, it's just as convenient for Mueller to have someone else do that, and in the case of Trump's past business dealings, even more convenient for Mueller. As The New York Times first reported, and several other publications quickly confirmed, federal agents were seeking records related to former Playboy model Karen McDougal-who was paid $150,000 by Trump ally David Pecker's American Media Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, burying her story-and Stormy Daniels, who Cohen paid $130,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement. If the Southern District uncovers evidence of criminal activity on the part of Michael Cohen, that means Mueller and his team can use this as leverage against Cohen in the Russian Federation investigation. He also called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel.

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team.

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