Daily News Roundup โ€“ April 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s Attorney is Under Investigation by the FBI


On Monday, FBI agents raided the Manhattan office, home, and hotel room of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime attorney. He and his office are being investigated for possible wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations, according to sources familiar with the case. The FBI seized emails, business records, and documents related to several topics, including the payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The search warrant was obtained after receiving a referral from Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation. Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, confirmed the raids saying “Today, the US attorney’s office for the Souther District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients.” Mr. Ryan added “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.” He is calling the actions “completely inappropriate and unnecessary”.

Trump’s reaction to the raid is in full defense of his legal team, calling it a “disgraceful situation” and an “attack on our country in a true sense,” speaking at the White House before meeting senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria. He lashed out several hours after authorities began the investigation and accused his own Justice Department of perpetrating a “witch hunt”, claiming that the FBI “broke in to” Mr. Cohen’s office, despite having a warrant to enter.

Trump lambasted the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for recusing himself in the Russia investigation, and continued to criticize the FBI for not investigating Hillary Clinton, “where there are crimes.” He also believes that Mr. Mueller’s team is “the most biased group of people,” who he says are made up of mostly Democrats and some Republicans that worked for President Obama.