As you’ve probably heard by now, on Monday morning the FBI raided the Rockefeller Center office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen. They also raided his Park Avenue hotel room.
Michael Cohen has found himself in the limelight of late as he is the lawyer responsible for both paying off adult film star Stormy Daniels, as well as filing a relevant non-disclosure agreement. Surrounded by people who consistently find themselves indicted, one wonders whether Cohen had any idea how high eyebrows would raise when he claimed that the $130,000 settlement paid to Ms. Daniels came from his personal funds, never even to be reimbursed by Donald Trump.
It is reported that, during the raid, the FBI focused on seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics — including that “payment” to Stormy Daniels.
President Trump, as expected, lashed out, accusing his own Justice Department of perpetrating a “witch hunt” — which, if anything, discredits Cohen further as just about everything qualified in such a way by this president has ended up… not being a witch hunt. Trump went so far as to classify the raid as a break-in.
Per New York Times:
The president, who spoke at the White House before meeting with senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, called the F.B.I. raid a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense.”
The search warrant was obtained after receiving a referral from Robert S. Mueller himself, per to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the multi-site raid “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
Currently, nobody has given any reason to believe that this is directly related to Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Trump-Russia. But I’m not sure Michael Cohen should find much comfort in that. For now, this is being classified as an investigation into campaign finance, however, unexpected visits ordered by Robert Mueller don’t necessarily have to ensnare one in anything germane to Russia or collusion in order to be eventful — just ask Paul Manafort.
One wonders whether Trump’s personal lawyers ought to go ahead and hire more lawyers of their own?