- The FBI raided President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen‘s Manhattan office on Monday.
- The raid came after special counsel Robert Mueller provided the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York with information.
- The Washington Post reported that Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign-finance violations.
The agency took records related to several topics, including the $US130,000 hush-money payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times reported Monday. Federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant after Mueller sent a referral, said Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.
Ryan called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
The Washington Post reported that Cohen was under investigation for possible bank fraud and violations of election law.
The Times wrote that the raid did not appear to be directly connected to Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but that the information he provided was likely uncovered as part of his investigation.
“Today the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” Ryan 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.”
Ryan said Cohen cooperated with authorities and turned over thousands of documents to Congress, which is also investigating Russian interference.
FBI officials took emails, tax documents, and business records, a person briefed on the raid told The Times.
Vanity Fair reported that FBI agents stormed the Loews Regency hotel on Park Avenue, where Cohen has been staying. A source told the publication that FBI agents remained upstairs at the hotel for hours.
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