Rosenstein Running Personal Attack on President Trump

Avenatti also enclosed an email showing Cohen had used his Trump Organization email address in correspondence with a representative from First Republic. And he has good reason to be.

President Donald Trump blasted the Monday raid by federal authorities of the home, hotel, and office of his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen as "a disgrace" and "an attack on our country".

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

In two early-morning tweets, Trump called the raid "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!".

"I would hope that steps like this are restricted to only the most unusual and extraordinary circumstances because it does have the potential to threaten the attorney-client relationship", he said.

The only way the prosecution would be permitted to examine any material that might otherwise fall under the attorney-client umbrella is if it is determined to be part of a crime jointly undertaken by the attorney and the client. Rod J. Rosenstein, who was picked by Trump to serve as deputy attorney general, signed off on the decision to raid Cohen's office, according to The New York Times. It was that US attorney's office which then prepared a warrant, which they had to get approved by a judge.

But Cohen also could face fresh questions about the statements he made to banks as he sought a home-equity line of credit to fund Daniels' payoff. Here are some of the reasons why. The White House has denied Daniels' allegations of an affair with Trump. The exact reason for the raid was unclear, but reports Monday indicated that the matter was referred to the FBI by Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the Russian Federation investigation. The law firm does not represent Cohen or Trump. Cohen is something much more: a fixer, a deal-maker, a wartime consigliere. "I can't imagine Michael Cohen endangering the President under any circumstance under the sun". "He oversaw almost all the foreign deals as the Trump Org shifted its focus to sketchy third-tier overseas oligarchs", noted journalist Adam Davidson, who has reported on some of those foreign deals. No one tied to the Trump campaign has been formally accused of colluding with Russian Federation to manipulate the election. If Trump needed to, let's say, pay hush money to a porn star (to take a random example), Cohen would be the one he'd tell to take care of it.

Federal agents also sought records on ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal, who received $150,000 from the parent company of The National Enquirer, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Both McDougal and Daniels have gone public with their stories despite the agreements they are fighting that they say kept them silent. More important, outsourcing the raid could mean "there is some aspect to what is in Cohen's office that is outside of Mueller's jurisdiction", he added. "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", Trump said.

That sparked reactions from leaders in Congress. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told CNN that firing Mueller would be catastrophic for Trump.

Avenatti's representation of Daniels is not the trial lawyer's first time in the media glare. One Mueller witness, former Trump aide Sam Nunberg, recently connected the special counsel with the payment, saying in an interview on MSNBC last month that prosecutors had asked him about payments to women.

Mueller referred the matter to the US attorney's office in Manhattan.

McDougal's attorney, Peter Stris, declined to comment on the Cohen investigation.

"It's just a matter that you don't trust them, that a subpoena won't be enough to get what you need", said Laurie Levenson, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a former prosecutor who was often appointed by courts to review documents seized in such raids. The agreement, included as an exhibit to the lawsuit, was reached 11 days before the 2016 presidential election as Trump's campaign grappled with multiple allegations of his sexual misconduct.

And all this is happening before we even know what the investigators will find in Cohen's files. "However, if the client is attempting to use the lawyer, or the lawyer is volunteering to be a part of an ongoing crime, there is no attorney-client privilege".

  • Sonia Alvarado