Federal Bureau of Investigation probes Trump lawyer Cohen's personal 'business dealings'

Trump slams FBI raid of personal lawyer's office

President Trump has never been in more trouble than right now

The FBI agents who raided the offices of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, sought records of his communications with the Trump campaign as part of what appeared to be an examination of his efforts to quell potentially damaging information about the candidate.

"The viability of this prosecution, it has to be done right", Hendon told U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agents, working under the authority of the USA attorney in Manhattan, seized records relating to Karen McDougal, the former Playmate who said she had a 10-month affair with Trump, and Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, who said she had sex with Trump just once, according to the person.

Records held by the New York Department of Taxation and Finance show that Cohen's medallion companies now owe more than $55,000 in taxes, the Post reported.

Cohen may already be under investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations, according to a Washington Post report published earlier this week.

The new details on the Cohen raid emerged as the president boiled over on Twitter about it and evidence that investigators are zeroing in on his inner circle.

Trump also revived his broadsides on Rosenstein as well as Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whom he belittled to confidants for recusing himself from the investigation and, in turn, delivering him to Mueller.

Robert De Niro's Robert Mueller Grills Ben Stiller's Michael Cohen
However, it wasn't until the start of the general election that the producers on " Saturday Night Live " made sure to use Trump as regular source of humor.

Monday's raids infuriated Trump, who has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt".

The White House remained defiant that the president has the power to directly fire Mueller - despite Justice Department regulations saying otherwise.

Broidy apologized to his wife and family for the affair with the Playmate, who discovered she was pregnant and chose to get an abortion.

In forceful language, prosecutors struck back at claims by Trump and others that the Monday raids violated the attorney-client privilege between Trump and Cohen or amounted to an improper extension of the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The raids were partly a referral by Mueller's office.

While Trump railed against the raids as "an attack on our country", Cohen offered a disputing account, telling CNN on Tuesday that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were "professional, courteous [and] respectful". Rosenstein then determines whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter elsewhere. He has the White House Counsel's office; he has Ty Cobb, who is working the Russian Federation matter from inside the White House; and he has a personal legal team, which includes Jay Sekulow and has previously included Kasowitz and John Dowd. Daniels' team has had extensive communications with federal investigators, said the third person familiar with the investigation.

Cohen has said he took out a personal line of credit on his home to pay Daniels days before the 2016 election and without Trump's knowledge. Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing in his $130,000 payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and has publicly defended Trump, but he has confided in associates that he is fearful of being a fall guy, according to a person familiar with his thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about private discussions.

Those who say the media shouldn't cover the tabloid saga of Stormy-who just sold an interview and nude photo shoot to Penthouse-say most Americans don't care if she and Trump had one sexual encounter in 2006.

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