New revelations on Federal Bureau of Investigation raid over Trump's porn stars

11 Апреля, 2018, 08:07 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina during an interview on Fox News

Monday's raids were part of an investigation that Mueller referred to federal prosecutors in NY, according to the Washington Post.

Trump has called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt". The raid on Monday came by way of a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller.

The FBI was reportedly looking for any documents related to former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump from 2006 to 2007. AMI has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he's seen no clear indication that Congress needs to step in and pass legislation that would prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller.

"The other side is where there are crimes, and those crimes are obvious", Trump said, referring to Clinton.

Asked on Monday after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids if he would fire Mueller, Trump replied, "We'll see what happens".

As Trump cancelled plans to attend a summit of leaders in Peru, his friends rallied to his defence following the raids by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on the Manhattan office and home of Cohen, his longtime personal attorney and confidant. The Justice Department requires that a raid that could violate attorney-client privilege must be approved at different levels.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels, left, with host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' January 30, 2018. Cohen arranged the Daniels payment in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed.

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Once they jumped through all the legal hoops at the Justice Department, the prosecutors had to persuade a judge to authorize the search by showing they had probable cause of criminal activity and would likely find evidence of wrongdoing in a search.

But Hasen said a critical issue with Cohen is the timing of the payment coming so close to Election Day. Rosenstein then determines whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter to another USA attorney or another part of the Justice Department. The Trump Organization did not immediately return the Journal's request for comment.

Stormy Daniels is cooperating with the federal investigation into Michael Cohen, according to sources.

The early-morning searches enraged Mr. Trump, associates said, setting off an angry public tirade Monday evening that continued in private at the White House as the president fumed about whether he should fire Mr. Rosenstein.

Trump's comments on Monday came after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Michael Cohen's NY office, hotel and residence earlier in the day, seeking documents on his clients and personal finances.

Berman, a former law partner at Rudy Giuliani's firm, was personally interviewed for the gig by Trump a year ago.

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. She has already recounted the details of her affair with Trump in an interview with CNN. She has been suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement she signed before the election and has offered to return the money she was paid in order to "set the record straight". Cohen paid that money to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as part of a nondisclosure agreement executed just days before the 2016 U.S. election.

This isn't the first time Mueller has potentially been on the chopping block.

Cohen's lawyer, Brent Blakely, said in the filing that the defamation claim "appears to be a desperate attempt by plaintiff to keep at least a portion of this case out of arbitration".

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