Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Contradicts POTUS' Depiction Of FBI Raid

Randolph Lopez
April 12, 2018

Michael Cohen, the lawyer who reportedly paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels so she would not disclose any information regarding her alleged affair with Trump, said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents "were extremely professional, courteous and respectful". Mueller referred the evidence to Rosenstein because it was outside the scope of the Russian Federation probe.

A third official said some Republican leaders have tried privately and in public to warn Trump of the possible political consequences of trying to shut down Mueller's inquiry, but said it's "not clear" if they have had any impact. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter).

If he just sits tight and waits for the results of the special counsel's investigation, Trump must watch as his campaign, his presidency and even his personal life and business affairs become fodder for investigators.

Cohen's lawyer said in a statement that the search was "completely inappropriate and unnecessary", and Trump called it "disgraceful" in impromptu remarks. "BAD!" And he insisted the White House was "Very calm and calculated".

Trump privately continued to gripe Tuesday about Rosenstein, who also oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the situation.

Mr Mueller is also probing a US$150,000 (S$196,600) payment Ukrainian billionaire steel magnate Victor Pinchuk made during the United States presidential campaign to the Donald J. Trump Foundation for the American real estate developer to give a 20-minute speech via video link.

"I think it would be suicide for the President to fire him", said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley. Sen.

While specifics about the bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign law violations for which Cohen is reportedly under investigation have not been made public, a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday said that Cohen could have provided false information about the source of the $130,000 and the goal of the payment.

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He also promised to encourage "normal technological exchange" and to "protect the lawful ownership rights of foreign enterprises". China has pledged to "counterattack with great strength" if Trump decides to follow through on that threat.

If the President were to find a way to dismiss Mueller, he would trigger outrage in Washington and present Republicans who control the House with a dilemma about whether to act or to side with constituents who strongly support Trump.

The search warrant executed Monday sought all of Cohen's communications about payments or negotiations with adult-film star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The Justice Department's interest in Cohen appears to be connected to his efforts to silence two women, in the run-up to the 2016 election, who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

A White House aide said Justice Department guidance that only Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, could fire Mueller did not apply to Trump, who has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch.

"He certainly believes that he has the power to do so", she said at Tuesday's (Wednesday NZT) press briefing. That logic is unlikely to soothe Trump, who is reportedly itching to fire Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller. They were not authorised to discuss the bill ahead of its release and requested anonymity. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said in a phone conversation on Tuesday with CNN.

"The banking question may be a bigger issue than the campaign-finance issues", said Fred Wertheimer, who runs the watchdog group Democracy 21. The White House cited a need to remain in the United States to monitor the USA response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria.

Asked if he was anxious, Cohen said; "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not. The president feels he's done a great job and wishes him the best".

The mood at the department has been grim for months and those inside fear their pool of allies is shrinking. But he has confided in associates in recent weeks that he is fearful of being a fall guy, according to a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions. "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be".

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