The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office and home of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to confiscate records regarding adult film star Stormy Daniels, according to The Washington Examiner.
On Monday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave federal prosecutors in Manhattan, New York a referral to execute a search warrant on Cohen’s office.
Mueller essentially claimed he had certain information about Cohen, and gave that to federal officials. Mueller reportedly relayed his “findings” to federal officials, who then obtained a warrant and carried out the seizure.
The Examiner reports federal officials seized documents related to the payment Cohen made to Daniels two years ago.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit earlier this year claiming Cohen paid her 130,000 in October 2016 to sign a nondisclosure agreement about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
Cohen has stated numerous times Trump was not aware of the payment nor did he have any involvement with the agreement.
Trump has also denied the affair and that any wrongdoing ever took place.
Despite this having absolutely nothing to do with Russia collusion or anything Mueller was tasked to investigate, he offered a referral to federal prosecutors to raid and seize documents from Cohen’s office.
Stephen Ryan, Cohen’s lawyer, said his client called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” Ryan said.
He added: “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
Ryan told reporters following the raid that Cohen has done nothing wrong and has handed over thousands of documents to congressional investigators leading the Russia probe.
The FBI also reportedly seized tax documents, emails, and business records related to Cohen.
Many are asking how Mueller had the power to even authorize this referral.
Aside from Trump and Cohen having attorney-client privilege, meaning everything they discuss is legally private, what crimes were committed?
Mueller has been charging Trump officials with crimes completely unrelated to Russia since he took over last May.
What does Cohen’s alleged agreement with an adult film star have to do with the Russia investigation?
Many see this as another scathing example of Mueller’s unfettered powers and ability to almost literally do whatever he wants to attack Trump and his administration.