Federal Bureau of Investigation may have seized recorded conversations from President Trump's attorney

FBI Raid: Mueller outsources the legal torment of Michael Cohen

FBI Raid: Mueller outsources the legal torment of Michael Cohen

CBS News cameras captured President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen walking in Manhattan Wednesday following Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his homes and office earlier this week. When Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals in February, for instance, the New York Times' coverage rated at just 35 percent and AP's was at 29 percent.

Nancy Gertner, former MA federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, for his part, tried to douse speculation Trump might fire Rosenstein or Mueller, saying: "I have no reason to believe that that's going to happen".

Because of the sensitive interests involved and the inherent risks of damage to legitimate attorney-client relationships, the Department of Justice has established certain heightened procedures ("Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys") that must be complied with before seeking a warrant to search an attorney's premises. Ms. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is a porn star who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump and who was paid US$130,000 from an account controlled by Mr. Cohen days before the 2016 presidential election.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders equated the effect of the investigation and Russia's support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Monday's raid on Cohen's office, home and hotel room steps up the pressure on Trump, whose troubles have evolved from political obstacles he could swat away to potentially serious legal problems that could imperil his presidency.

"This is about getting Donald Trump at all costs even if it means stretching the boundaries of exceptions to attorney-client privilege", said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo.

FBI and Justice Department officials in Washington and NY have refused to discuss the case publicly or say what crimes they are investigating, but people familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press the search warrant used in the raids sought bank records, business records on Cohens dealing in the taxi industry, Cohens communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made to a former Playboy model and a porn actress who say they had affairs with Trump. The regulations say only Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last May, has the authority to fire him and only for specific cause.

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It was an extraordinary seizure of documents that could yield an extraordinary witness against the USA president - his own attorney.

An interesting phenomenon could be observed when outlets updated their stories a few hours later: they became more spun.

But Cohen also could face fresh questions about the statements he made to banks as he sought a home-equity line of credit to fund Daniels' payoff.

CNN has also learned that the search warrant sought records relating to Cohen's personal finances and his net worth.

Daniels argues the agreement is legally invalid because it was signed by only Daniels and Cohen, and was not signed by Trump.

Daniels has said she had sex with the president in 2006. "I have assurances that it's not because I've been talking to people in the White House about it", Ryan said. Berman's ascension fueled controversy after CNN reported that Trump had personally interviewed him in the months preceding his appointment, according to two sources.

Avenatti also enclosed an email showing Cohen had used his Trump Organization email address in correspondence with a representative from First Republic.

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