FBI Raids Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen’s Office, Seizes Records (UPDATES)


The FBI has reportedly raided the Manhattan office and hotel room of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and they collected records and payment information in connection with Stormy Daniels.

New York Times reports that prosecutors obtained a warrant to search the Trump lawyer’s offices after receiving a referral from Robert Mueller. The special counsel reportedly provided federal agents with relevant information he found during his investigation into Russian meddling, though Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, is protesting the search as “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

An official briefed on the search told the Times that Cohen was cooperative during the search, even as authorities collected emails, tax documents, and other records of interest to the Russian meddling investigation and the Daniels hush-money case.

The Washington Post followed up with its own report on the raid:

Among the documents seized were privileged communications between Cohen and his clients — including those with Trump, according to a person familiar with the investigators’ work. Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, the person said.

WaPo’s Robert Costa also offered a grim look inside the president’s inner circle:

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing Daniels in her lawsuit against Cohen, offered this reaction to the news.

Meanwhile the scene at the Regency Hotel, where Cohen has been staying in Manhattan, is reportedly hopping with reporters as the FBI continues its search:

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