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Cohen says FBI raid was professional, respectful



Eli Ridder | The Avro Post

Personal lawyer and fixer to the United States president, Michael Cohen, said on Tuesday that federal agents that raided his home and office were efficient and amiable.

Mr. Cohen’s said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was “extremely professional, courteous and respectful” on CNN, contrasting with U.S. President Donald Trump’s earlier description.

“I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided. But I will tell you that members of the FBI that conducted the search and seizure were all extremely professional, courteous and respectful,” Cohen told CNN.

“And I thanked them at the conclusion.”

Cohen said he wants the investigation to be over and maintained that everything he did in regards to paying Stormy Daniels for a non-disclosure agreement just before the 2016 presidential election was perfectly legal.

It comes shortly after it was reported that Ms. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is cooperating with federal prosecutors in the FBI probe.

Cohen paid off Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just before the election with $130,000 and Ms. Clifford is fighting to leave a nondisclosure agreement she said Mr. Trump never signed.

On Monday, Trump accused his own Justice Department of continuing a “witch hunt” and purported that the FBI “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office, calling the raid a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense” while speaking to media at the White House before a Syria response consideration meeting.

Early Tuesday morning, the president tweeted that “Attorney–client priviledge is dead!” and posted “a total witch hunt”, the term Trump uses to described the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian meddling and accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

It gives the suggestion that the FBI raid, part of an investigation into possible bank fraud by Cohen, and the Russian collusion probe are tied together in regards to Cohen.

Sources inside the White House told CNN and that Trump sees the move against Cohen as proof that Mueller has leaped far beyond the constraints of his original probe into whether his campaign operatives colluded with Russia.

Trump had mused on Monday about potentially firing Mr. Mueller,  saying “we’ll see what may happen. Many people have said, ‘You should fire him’.”

Technically, the president cannot fire Mueller directly but instead direct the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, to terminate the special counsel and his team, however, many lawmakers say this would be a devastating political move.

Mueller was appointed May 17 of last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all Russia-probe related investigations.

More details to follow. Image of Michael Cohen from CNBC. 

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