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April 9, 2018 5:17 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com

This could be a problem for Michael Cohen:

The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Per an update on WaPo’s version of the story,

Trump attorney Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, campaign finance violations, according to a person familiar with the case.

Oh — it wasn’t just his office:

Federal agents on Monday searched the office, home and Manhattan hotel room of President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, seizing communications between the lawyer and his clients that cover topics including payments to the former porn actress known as Stormy Daniels, according to a person familiar with the matter.

According to Bloomberg’s David Voreacos and Shannon Pettypiece,

Mueller brought information involving Cohen to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who decided that the matter should be handled by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York rather than by Mueller’s team, according to a person familiar with the matter.

According to NBC News’ Tom Winter and Dartunorro Clark,

A person familiar with the matter told NBC News that this was not a subpoena requesting documents from Cohen. Instead, the source said, this was a court-authorized search, which means there was sufficient probable cause for a federal judge to agree that a search involving the president’s personal attorney could occur without any advance notice to Cohen.

 

Needless to say, the reactions on Twitter have brought cheer and optimism to a depressed, downtrodden nation:

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