Thursday, 26 April, 2018

Is This Mueller's Strategy? Trump's Presidency Could End When Michael Cohen Flips

Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has kept his client's alleged affair with Donald Trump in the headlines FBI Investigators Sought Records Related To 'Access Hollywood' Tape In Raid Targeting President Trump's Longtime
Andrew Cummings | 12 April, 2018, 07:25

The payment to the pornographic film actress, Ms Stephanie Clifford, who is known as Stormy Daniels, is only one of many topics being investigated, according to a person briefed on the search. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election when she signed an agreement barring her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump.

White House lawyers Ty Cobb and Donald McGahn have been telling Trump that firing Mueller would leave the president vulnerable to charges of obstruction of justice and have said that he must have "good cause" to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oust Mueller, the officials said. He has been described as the president's "fixer" and "pitbull".

Cohen is already a subject of scrutiny in Mueller's investigation, which is examining whether Trump or his associates colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 USA election in his favor.

"I have this witch hunt constantly going on", Trump told reported Monday at an event inside the White House, calling the raid "an attack on our country" and on "what we all stand for".

The decision was Berman's and was approved by senior Justice Department officials within Rosenstein's office, a source told CNN's Laura Jarrett.

As a plaintiff's lawyer, Avennati is "incredibly tenacious" and isn't afraid of "rubbing people the wrong way", said Brian Kabateck, a Los Angeles trial lawyer and the incoming president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Rosenstein has repeatedly said that he has not seen any reason to dismiss Mueller.

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 goal of influencing the election", said Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission, Business Insider reports. There is an exception to the attorney-client privilege if communications to an attorney are used in furtherance of a crime or fraud; that could come into play here as well. Judges have to be convinced that it isn't just a way for prosecutors to intimidate defense attorneys or access confidential information.

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Later on social media, the model sharing a short video of two people having sex, tagging Tristan's handle on the video. So far, Khloe has yet to comment on the matter or whether or not she's gone into labour, as some reports indicate.

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Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's Russian Federation probe a "hoax" and a "witch hunt", leading to speculation over whether the president would consider firing the special counsel or otherwise halting the investigation. He added that federal agents "are only supposed to raid a law firm if less intrusive measures won't work". Whatever the subject matter of this particular investigation, it apparently falls outside of Mueller's jurisdiction and thus resulted in his referral to the NY prosecutors. "When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump said.

The FBI's raid on President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer's home and office Monday took Washington by storm.

The contract said she would have to pay $1 million for each time she disclosed anything about her relationship with now-President Trump. McDougal was paid $150,000 by American Media Inc., the Enquirer's parent company, whose chief executive is a friend of Trump's.

A spokeswoman for Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, did not respond to an interview request.

Daniels is cooperating with federal prosecutors, according to a source familiar with the investigation. Trump told reporters on Thursday that he never knew about Cohen's payment, which has drawn scrutiny over the possibility that it could have violated campaign finance laws.

"I think that the President has been clear that he thinks this has gone too far", Sanders said, implicitly raising the question of what Trump would do to remedy the situation. His behavior in the White House has been closely watched by both those working for him and casual political observers. The comments counter the president's own remarks about the bureau "breaking in" to his lawyer's office in the immediate aftermath of the raid.

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided", said Cohen, according to CNN's Don Lemon. "Do I need this in my life? No".

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