Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said the raids were the result of a referral from Mueller's team, and were reportedly signed off on by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who gained oversight over the special counsel's probe following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal.
Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's newest personal attorney, resigned from his post at a global legal firm to exclusively focus on his work for the president, the former New York City mayor and the firm confirmed in statements released Thursday. "It wasn't about that; it was about giving my full attention to the president".
Mr. Giuliani laughed when read the statement from the firm. "That's why the timing is right".
In an accompanying statement, Richard Rosenbaum, Greenberg Taurig's executive chairman, said Giuliani made a decision to the leaves the firm after "recognizing that [his work on Trump's behalf regarding the Mueller probe] is all consuming and is lasting longer than anticipated". He added that he maintains respect for the former NY mayor's "incredible career" and considers him a friend.
Citing the demands of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Trump's 2016 campaign, Giuliani said that he believes it's in "everyone's best interest" that he resign permanently.
Giuliani initially ignited a firestorm around Trump after he revealed the president had reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen the $130,000 Cohen gave to adult film actress Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) for her silence about a sexual encounter with Trump.
He added, "Michael would take care of things like this like I take care of this with my clients".
Giuliani also tells the AP that Mueller's team, which is investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, is almost finished with its probe and likely views the president as the investigation's final witness.
During a separate interview last week with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Giuliani offered a similar justification for Cohen's transaction.
Giuliani joined the team almost one month after the resignation of John Dowd, a former personal attorney to Trump. He said that the president's team would need to view the parameters as "narrow" and "fair".