Michael Cohen Speaks Out After FBI Raid

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Agents who raided his home, his NY office and a hotel room he uses in the city are said to have seized records related to the money he sent to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

Fox News' John Roberts contributed to the report. Aides said Trump watched cable news coverage of surprise raids on Cohen's Manhattan office, home and hotel room by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, who took the lawyer's computer, phone and personal financial records after a referral from Mueller.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear that White House officials have explored Trump's authority to fire Mueller.

Monday's events renewed concerns that Trump could try to act against Mueller, who was appointed past year by the Justice Department to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him'".

The New York Times first reported that the subpoena covered records related to both McDougal and Clifford, and The Wall Street Journal was first to report the Trump Organisation subpoena.

The contract said she would have to pay $1 million for each time she disclosed anything about her relationship with now-President Trump.

"American Media Inc. has, and will continue to, comply with any and all requests that do not jeopardize or violate its protected sources or materials pursuant to our First Amendment rights", Hammond said.

Agents seized files relating to Mr Cohen's work, which included documents regarding a $130,000 payment before the 2016 election to an adult film actress who says she had sex with Mr Trump a decade earlier. They include allegations that the $130,000 Cohen has acknowledged paying Daniels days before the presidential election amounted to an illegal, excessive campaign contribution. But the president has said he knew nothing of the payments, and Cohen said he acted on his own. Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about it.

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Sandick was previously a prosecutor in the Southern District of NY, the office that, according to Cohen's lawyer, oversaw the Cohen search warrants.

"He is the prototypical straight arrow", Kevin Marino, a New Jersey attorney who's a longtime friend of Berman's, said in an email.

"Because of the attorney general's recusal, only Deputy AG Rosenstein could remove the special counsel, and it would have to be for good cause".

Trump also announced on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT) he was cancelling plans to attend the Summit of the Americas over the weekend as well as an overnight visit to Colombia.

"His anger is unabated", said a Republican strategist in frequent touch with the White House, who added the mood there is "extremely grim". "It's an enormously aggressive move for any prosecutor to make, particularly given Cohen's client", said Sol Wisenberg, a deputy special prosecutor during the Starr investigation.

On Capitol Hill, Republicans were divided over Trump's implicit threats to possibly fire Mueller, while legislation to protect the prosecutor remained stalled. The raid of his office was overseen by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan and based in part on a referral from Mueller. "So, to me, as things heat up, the next big thing will be a shift from things like 'What was the Russian involvement in the campaign?' to 'Has the cover-up begun and where is it?'" And they consider him conflicted since he is a potential witness in the special counsel's investigation because he wrote the memo that justified firing former FBI Director James Comey. More senior-level departures are expected in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the dynamic but not authorised to discuss it publicly.

Trump has vented many times before at what he sees as the utter injustice of the Mueller probe and at his subordinates, like Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he thinks should be protecting him, not enabling the probe.

The mood at the NSC this week was described as grim, with aides fearful over Bolton's plans.