The search warrant that details what the FBI is investigating and wanted to seize hasn't been made public. "I'd like to meet him, '" said Dr. Morton Levine, Cohen's uncle. He was later charged with dozens of other financial crimes.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who raided the office of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHeitkamp says Trump asked her to switch parties Trump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report Ex-acting deputy AG Boente was asked to interview with Mueller: report MORE's personal lawyer sought records related to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape released shortly before the 2016 election, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
At the same time, another team of agents raided Cohen's law office 12 blocks away, again taking documents and records reportedly related to the $130,000 payment Cohen has admitted making to Stormy Daniels.
The payment was made less than two weeks before the 2016 election, so if Cohen is claiming he made the payment on behalf of Trump, that could be a "coordinated, illegal, in-kind contribution by Cohen for the objective of influencing the election", said Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Business Insider reports.
The FBI conducted an early-morning raid on Manafort's Virginia home last July by knocking on his bedroom door at the crack of dawn. She has begun cooperating with federal investigators looking into whether Cohen's $130,000 payment to her in 2016 was illegal, sources told NBC News.
"So Trump said, 'Who is this guy?" "So they just went in, and that is hugely significant".
Trump is fuming after federal agents raised his personal attorney's office in NY. A source familiar with the matter said the search warrant was very broad in terms of items sought, and another source said the search included bank records. If investigators discover evidence of a crime, the law and common sense dictate that investigators can use that evidence; otherwise, such material is off limits. It is less common in white-collar investigations unless prosecutors fear that a subject or target may destroy, conceal, or move evidence outside the district's jurisdiction.
Regardless, his loyal attorney's comments must have been quite a blow to the president, as he refused to go along with Trump's description of the raid.
Trump has skirted questions about the relationship, and last week denied any knowledge of Cohen's $130,000 payment, which was made to secure Daniels's signature in October 2016 on a secret agreement to not talk about the affair. "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen" why the payment was made, the president told reporters on Air Force One.
MARTIN: Let me ask you, in seconds remaining, what does it mean that this raid originated from special counsel Robert Mueller, but it was an order actually executed by the USA attorney's office in NY and not the Mueller investigation? Getting a warrant to search an attorney's office is not easy.
Prosecutors had to meet an even higher standard of proof in Cohen's case, given his status as a lawyer.
Investigators also sought records related to Cohen's interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources.
The federal probe was described by the source as extensive and aggressive, and a sizable team is working on the effort, the source added.
Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, called the tactics "inappropriate and unnecessary", saying Cohen has "cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of nonprivileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath".
To Trump, the subpoenas suggested that Mueller had expanded the investigation in a way that crossed a line.
Based on his experience with cases involving issues of attorney-client privilege, Litman said is likely that the prosecution never sees 80% or more of the documents. I would imagine that if the special counsel's office hadn't been interested in Trump-related accounts there already, word of the president's tantrum must have piqued some interest.
But the raids were lawful, a fact that Cohen was glad to make clear during a phone interview with CNN.