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The FBI on Monday raided the Manhattan office of President Trump’s personal lawyer and confidant, Michael Cohen, executing a series of search warrants.
The warrants are for “privileged communications” between Cohen and clients, including communications about the adult film star who claims to have had a sexual encounter with Trump.
BREAKING: The FBI just raided the office of Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to Stormy Daniels. The raid was conducted based on evidence uncovered by Robert Mueller. #TrumpRussiahttps://t.co/O525jDX0IZ
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) April 9, 2018
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said the search by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York was “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” The New York Times reported. The Times first reported the news of the raid on Monday afternoon.
Ryan also told the Times that the search was conducted after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.
The Times reported that the subject of the raid was likely documents about the payment Cohen made to Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels, who was reportedly paid off in 2016 with “hush money” after alleging she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier.
The FBI also took emails, and other tax and business records, The Times said – which included communications between Trump and his lawyer.