Well, more details have emerged with regard to Monday’s FBI raid on the offices of Trump private lawyer Michael Cohen.
As documented here earlier, agents reportedly seized emails, tax documents and other business records in the raid and yes, some of the records include communications between Trump and Cohen.
This is related to Mueller. According to Cohen’s own lawyer Stephen Ryan, the New York action came after “a referral by the Office of Special Counsel.”
The Washington Post reminds you that under DoJ regulations, Mueller “is required to consult with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein if his team finds information worth investigating that does not fall under his mandate.” It’s then left to Rosenstein (who Trump threw under the bus following the Nunes memo boondoggle earlier this year) to determine “whether to expand Mueller’s mandate to include the new topic or to refer it to a U.S. attorney’s office.”
According to WaPo, who has since updated their original post on this, Cohen “is being investigated for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations.”
Meanwhile, Trump is obviously concerned and as one does when one’s personal attorney has just been raided by the FBI, he decided to take the prudent approach and just keep his mouth shut pending further information….
I’m just kidding.
He immediately called it “disgraceful” and implicitly blamed Jeff Sessions again.
- TRUMP CALLS COHEN RAID `WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF UNFAIRNESS’
- TRUMP: ATTORNEY GENERAL MADE `TERRIBLE MISTAKE’
- TRUMP: RUSSIA PROBE `PURE AND SIMPLE WITCH HUNT’
— ABC News (@ABC) April 9, 2018
President Trump responds to question about firing special counsel Robert Mueller.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 9, 2018
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 9, 2018
Quick! Someone get this man a lawyer before he incriminates himself any further!
Look at Pence and Bolton – it’s hard to say what’s running through their minds, but it looks like our vaunted VP might be praying while John Bolton looks like he’s already regretting things and John is a man who doesn’t regret shit….