And it's likely that Cohen's reported activities - involving payoffs to women, a Russia-favouring "peace plan" for Russian Federation and Ukraine, and a business deal sought for a Trump Tower in Moscow - were of interest to federal authorities. Ms. Clifford sued Mr. Trump last month, and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, has filed court papers seeking to depose the president. Trump says he did not know about the payment and that he still does not know where Cohen got the money.
"Some of my supporters might protest that this is an instance of prosecutorial bias on the part of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III".
Sanders says Trump believes that Mueller's probe has "gone too far" after federal agents raided the offices of the president's personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday. Although Cohen's name has been linked to the special counsel's investigation - the Washington Post reported in early March that Mueller had "requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Michael Cohen" - Monday's raid was the result of information Mueller gave to prosecutors in NY that was not central to that probe.
Trump re-evaluating interview with Mueller after Cohen raid
Police and security stand outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the location for the offices of U.S. President Donald Tump's lawyer Michael Cohen which was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation today in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, April 9, 2018.
In an extraordinary turn, the man known as Donald Trump's long-time fixer is facing intensifying scrutiny by USA authorities, a situation which could pose new legal risks for the President himself. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, '" Trump said.
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Speaking to reporters on Monday, Trump called the raid targeting Michael Cohen a "disgrace" and a "witch hunt".
"[This raid] resulted in the seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients", Ryan said. "Here's the thing: The Cohen raid was planned, approved, and re-approved by multiple actual Trump appointees".
To obtain a search warrant, prosecutors in the United States must demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause to believe the attorney's premises contain evidence of crime; specify the area to be searched and the items to be seized; and the word searches to be used in probing computer content.More news: Australian jailed for 'despicable' fake cancer scam
Many independent legal experts believe that Trump would have to order Rod Rosenstein, the deputy Attorney General, who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, to terminate Mueller. And the law enforcement action will nearly certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006. Pressed on this claim, she said, "We have been advised that the President certainly has the power to make that decision".
Trump had earlier claimed that the agents "broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys". While Trump has consistently denied the affair, Daniels received a $130,000 payment from Cohen just days before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence. The warrants were obtained by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY.
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"He was in this meeting to focus on Syria but it was clear his mind was elsewhere", she said. The capos included Mike Flynn, Trump's former national-security adviser; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; and Rick Gates, Manafort's former partner, who served as the campaign's deputy chairman. More senior-level departures are expected in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the dynamic but not authorised to discuss it publicly.