Michael Cohen gets raided 👮

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Knock knock

FBI’s at the door. At least that’s what Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen experienced when his office, home, and hotel room were raided by the FBI without warning. They were reportedly in search of records relating to  'hush' payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal - two women Trump allegedly had an affair with.
 

The backdrop

The warrant came from the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, but was given a referral by Robert Mueller - who’s heading the Russia investigation. Cohen’s being investigated for alleged bank fraud and possibly violating campaign finance laws when he paid the women to keep quiet about their affairs.
 

POTUS responds

Trump was very unhappy with the raid, insisting that the raid violates attorney-client privilege and that Mueller’s investigation is a witch hunt. He even publicly mulled over firing Mueller.



The right believes the raid clearly violates attorney-client privilege since it included private communications between Trump and his attorney Cohen. Trump maintains that all of this is a witch hunt that has been getting increasingly out of control. The right also points out inherent bias in the special investigation, since most of the 17 attorneys on Mueller's team were registered Dems or made donations to Dems. Mueller though is a Republican.

 

The left frames Trump’s immediate response as yet another attempt to discredit the Mueller investigation, which they see as a sign that the president is getting desperate. They believe that he doesn’t care about the rule of law, saying how he expects the DOJ to be there to protect him instead of fulfilling its duty of investigating and prosecuting crimes.


What now?

The level of proof needed to obtain authorization for a raid on an attorney is extremely high, so the judge who authorized the raid must have received substantial evidence against Cohen. This raid was by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, but anything that is found in the raid can be used by Mueller in his own investigation. With private communications between Cohen and Trump now in the hands of the authorities, more evidence could surface.

 

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