Spotlight on President Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen, A Cooley Law School Graduate

Cheryl Sanders
April 12, 2018

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, predicted that the personal attorney for President Donald Trump will crumble under pressure.

Cohen has admitted making a $130,000 payment to Daniels days before the election.

After Buzzfeed past year published the contents of the Russian "dossier", Cohen in January sued the publication and a consulting firm, Fusion GPS, that produced it because the document alleged that he met with a Russian official in Prague, among claims about possible collusion between Russia and the campaign.

A furious Donald Trump blasted the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller as a "disgrace" and a "witch hunt" Monday after FBI agents raided the NY offices of the president´s long time personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

The women claim they had affairs with the president, as well as information on the role of the publisher of the National Enquirer in keeping one of the women quiet.

The New York Times reported that "one of many topics" investigators were looking at included records related to that payment, with The Washington Post reporting that investigators were specifically looking at allegations of bank fraud and campaign finance violations. Cohen denied that such a meeting took place.

The raid, which was approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was prompted by information first gathered by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to another person familiar with the matter.

"As Trump floats firing Mueller, all Members must speak out - or stop feigning devotion to the Constitution". Trump could fire Mueller at any moment, a possibility that the current administration has certainly considered. "I think maybe Trump has met his match in this guy". "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned". He had ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn do the deed back in June of past year and was only dissuaded when McGahn threatened to quit.

While Cohen told Lemon that Monday's raid on his home and office was "upsetting to say the least", he also did not blame the agents who participated in the search.

Search warrants are a fairly standard, though aggressive, law enforcement tool and are often sought in cases where authorities are concerned someone may hide or withhold evidence.

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has warned President Trump against firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his lawyer's office and hotel.

For more than a decade, as executive vice president and special counsel at the Trump Organization, Cohen has been Trump's key business partner, top aide, and protector.

Cornyn told reporters Tuesday, "I don't believe that's going to happen".

"Many people have said, 'You should fire him, '" Trump said in response to a question. Rosenstein has repeatedly said that he has not seen any reason to dismiss Mueller.

The official added that the President's cooperation should be proportional to the courtesy he receives from the special counsel. It is possible he knows nothing about the alleged payments to women, as he has publicly claimed. "This sort of raid is not the sort of thing that's done lightly", he said.

In this case, George Papadopoulos, a foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign who met with people with links to the Kremlin, provided the low-level entry points. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the USA attorney's office also had no comment.

There have been few signs that Mueller was interested in investigating the payment, though. She has already recounted the details of her affair with Trump in an interview with CNN.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen".

Daniels insists that she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump back in 2006, not long after he married his third wife - and current first lady - Melania.

He also argues she hasn't suffered any damages and that his statements were an opinion and "rhetorical hyperbole" under the law.

According to The Economist, to supersede the attorney-client privilege, courts must provide evidence of a "crime-fraud" exception, which would imply that Cohen has committed or wants to commit a crime.

"I have confidence that the Justice Department will follow its carefully designed rules to protect attorney-client communications". This was not a "break-in", as Trump charged during that arms-crossed photo op where he complained about a witch hunt.

At a press briefing on Tuesday April 10, Huckabee referred to Trump's comments on Twitter about the raid, which the president called a "total witch hunt" and claimed "attorney-client privilege is dead".

Trump raged over the raid Monday, calling it a "disgrace".

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