The F.B.I. raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Monday evening. FBI agents were said to have taken several documents including records of alleged payments to several porn stars who claimed they were paid off to keep quiet during Trump’s presidential campaign. Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly referred the matter to the FBI who then obtained and executed a search warrant.
Although Mueller referred the action, the New York Times has reported this raid has nothing to do with the investigation into President Trump or his administration. However, information could have been discovered during Mueller’s investigation that led to the referral. The FBI was said to have obtained several documents that involved an alleged payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels.
In 2006 Daniels, who claimed she slept with Trump before he was president, was said to have been paid $130,000 and signed an NDA to keep quiet about the alleged affair.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, told the New York Times that the search and seizure of various documents were “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” Cohen was said to have been the one who paid Daniels the $130,000 from his personal account.
“Today the U.S. 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,” Ryan said. “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.”
Cohen’s lawyer went on to say the search warrant “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.”
Cohen and Ryan indicate that they have willingly turned over any and all documents asked for regarding any Russia meddling in the 2016 election, according to CNBC.
Vanity Fair reported that the FBI also served a search warrant to the Lowes Regency Hotel in Manhatten, where Cohen has reportedly been staying.