Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Michael Cohen

Media speculation is growing about possible impeachment, especially if the Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections, along with the possibility of indictments against both Cohen and Trump himself.

The raid prompted a new blast Tuesday from the president, who tweeted that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!".

Because of the sensitive interests involved and the inherent risks of damage to legitimate attorney-client relationships, the Department of Justice has established certain heightened procedures ("Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys") that must be complied with before seeking a warrant to search an attorney's premises.

Aides said Trump was fuming on Tuesday over the raids but his future course of action remained unclear.

Trump told reporters that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid was a disgrace and Mueller's team is the most conflicted group of people he has ever seen.

After having turned over what he called a million pages of documents, Trump said the investigation is "now getting ridiculous". Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment. "It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients".

Raids such as the one conducted Monday are unusual because federal prosecutors need to follow special guidelines to justify searches of an attorney's offices.

The FBI initiated the Manhattan raid after Mueller, who is authorized to investigate matters related to Russian election meddling, referred information about Cohen to NY authorities. A reporter at Tuesday's White House press briefing asked if Trump was considering stepping down, prompting a snap reply from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that the question was "ridiculous".

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Jim Trusty, who formerly headed the Justice department's organized crime unit, said that up until recently, Cohen was described as co-operative with the Mueller probe.

The effort by investigators to obtain documents related to the bank and Cohen's taxi business is the latest detail to emerge about the raid of Cohen's office and residences Monday, which enraged Trump.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan ordered Cohen to appear in court on Monday afternoon, after holding three hearings on Friday into his request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking prosecutors from reviewing seized materials.

In this case, Mueller opted to refer the matter to federal prosecutors in Manhattan.

Under Justice Department regulations, only Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, can fire Mueller.

Senior members of the U.S. Congress have repeatedly urged Trump not to fire the special counsel. He bitterly complained that the raids were meant to ruin Cohen's life and expressed frustration that it was another front from which to attack his presidency, according to a person familiar with the conversations but not permitted to discuss them publicly. Mr. Cohen has said he made the payment on his own initiative and used a home-equity line of credit to finance it.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued Cohen to be released from a nondisclosure agreement over an alleged one-night stand with Trump in 2006.

In an interview with The Post past year, Cohen said his clients at the time included many taxicab companies and that he learned that one client was selling his taxi business. "I have assurances that it's not because I've been talking to people in the White House about it", Ryan said.

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