Backpage.com founders indicted on prostitution, other charges

Backpage.com founders indicted on prostitution, other charges

"Why don't I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it's a disgrace. We'll see what happens," Trump said. 

10 Nisan 2018 - 02:00

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Federal prosecutors got a search warrant for Michael Cohen's office after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.

(Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS)

"Why don't I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it's a disgrace. We'll see what happens," Trump said. 

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Cohen's attorney did not elaborate on the nature of the seized documents, but a person briefed on the raid told the New York Times that agents confiscated emails and business records relating to a $130,000 payment that Cohen made to Daniels 11 days before the 2016 election. Daniels says she took the payment in exchange for keeping quiet about having sex with Trump in 2006.  

Experts noted that the raid bodes badly for Cohen — and, perhaps, for Trump as well. 

The president may have violated federal election laws if he in any way coordinated or had knowledge of the payment to Daniels. Trump has denied any knowledge of the payment.

But the search warrant could likely only have been approved because prosecutors had strong evidence to suggest that Cohen and Trump have been involved in something illegal, according to Bradley Simon, a criminal defense attorney who previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn. 

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"It appears as if Cohen has gone beyond simply providing counsel. It sounds like he’s become a co-conspirator,” Simon told the Daily News. 

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Porn star Stormy Daniels signed a nondisclosure agreement facilitated by Michael Cohen.

(Matt Sayles/AP)

Jeffrey Cohen, a Brooklyn-based family lawyer who has followed the Trump-Daniels scandal closely, noted that it's very unusual for judges to approve search warrants targeting communications protected by client-attorney privelege. 

"This suggests that Cohen was used, either knowingly or unknowingly, to further a crime or fraud," Jeffrey Cohen told The News. "This is very bad news for Michael Cohen and it may be very bad news for Donald Trump." 

In addition to Mueller, Trump attacked Attorney General Sessions, Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during his unhinged press conference. 

"They're not looking at the other side," said Trump, surrounded by Vice President Pence and newly-minted national security adviser John Bolton. "They're not looking at Hillary Clinton and all the horrible things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed. They're not looking at all of the things that happened that everybody is very angry about." 

The FBI and Mueller's office declined to comment. 

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, speculated that the raid could signal a dramatic development for Trump and Cohen.

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President Trump makes his way across the South Lawn upon returning to the White House on April 5. 

(MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

"An enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed on MC's shoulders," Avenatti tweeted, using an acronym for Cohen's name. "If he does not hold up, this could end very very badly for DJT and others."

Daniels is currently battling Trump and Cohen in court over a nondisclosure agreement that she signed in exchange for the $130,000 hush payment.

The 39-year-old porn star charges that the agreement should be nulled because Trump never signed it. Avenatti filed a motion Monday demanding that Cohen and Trump testify under oath to set the record straight about how much the president knew about the hush payment to Daniels. 

Cohen acknowledged earlier this year that he made the payment, but has refused to explain why or whether he was ever reimbursed by Trump or his campaign.

In his first public repudation of Daniels' steamy claims, Trump told reporters onboard Air Force One last week that he had no knowledge of Cohen's payment. When asked if he knew of the nondisclosure agreement, Trump demurred: "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney."  


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