FBI raids office and hotel room of Trump’s lawyer
By Belen Dumont 4/10/2018
The FBI searched on Monday the Washington office and hotel room of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, to confiscate numerous emails and records.
The seized material includes documentation of a payment in 2016 to Stephanie Clifford, a porn star who said that she had an affair with President Trump in 2011.
The payment of $130,000 to Clifford, known as Stormy Daniels, is one of the many cases the FBI is investigating. The raid took place at his Rockefeller Center office of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs and in Cohen’s hotel room at the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue.
Trump accused the Justice Department of supporting a “witch hunt,” according to The New York Times. Trump also said that Robert S. Mueller’s Russian investigation team is “the most biased group of people” and accused the FBI of breaking into Cohen’s office.
Although the search is not directly related to Mueller’s investigation, the action presumably emerged from information he had discovered and shared with prosecutors in New York, The New York Times reported.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, confirmed the search on Monday. “Today, the U.S attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communication between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” he said. “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 added.