Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump believes he can fire special counsel Mueller, White House says

Trump believes he can fire special counsel Mueller, White House says

Either way, Trump angrily referred to the raid on Cohen as a "disgrace".

Other documents collected by officials from Cohen's Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue home.include emails, tax documents and business records. Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Clifford $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement to secure her silence just days before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen has maintained that Trump was unaware of the arrangement. He also praised Daniels' "courage and fortitude". "But he signed, as you know, he also signed the FISA warrant, so Rod Rosenstein, who's in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant", Trump said, before adding again that Rosenstein was right about Comey.

Neither Cobb nor McGahn responded on Tuesday to requests for comment.

Revelations about the payment have prompted widespread scrutiny and some legal questions, including complaints to the Justice Department and Federal Election Commission, saying the payment to Daniels could constitute violations of campaign finance law. She has alleged she had an affair with Trump a decade earlier, and that the payment was hush money.

The raid made the effort more hard because of Trump's anger over the raids, all three officials said.

In the weeks since, the media-savvy Avenatti has helped keep the spotlight on the case, shepherding his client through a high-stakes 60 Minutes interview, sparring with one of Cohen's lawyers on cable news, taunting Cohen and Trump on Twitter and hinting at startling new developments.

The White House official said it is unclear if Trump has spoken to Cohen.

In turn, Trump lashed out privately at Rosenstein, with the Washington Post reporting that he "stewed" over the deputy attorney general's role in the raid - 'at times raising his voice'.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, alleged Cohen defamed her by insinuating she lied when she said she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Some White House allies think that this one, like numerous administration's pockets of turbulence, was brought on by Trump himself - specifically, by comments he made last week aboard Air Force One, when he claimed he had no knowledge of the payment Cohen made to Daniels, according to three people familiar with the discussions. "If you do something wrong, I'm going to come at you, grab you by the neck and I'm not going to let you go until I'm finished".

Michael Cohen sums up his extraordinary closeness with US President Donald Trump in one word: "Loyalty".

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided". In order to get this warrant, Mueller had to essentially turn the matter over to the US attorney's office, which is now in possession of both the evidence Mueller used to justify getting the warrant in the first place, and whatever evidence the search of Cohen's home and office produced. But merely having an attorney involved does not guarantee the protection. "And I think Mueller is a person of stature and respected, and I respect him".

"He doesn't have to behave in a way that conforms with the establishment", Kabateck said.

"If you go to the attorney's office and you look at attorney-client privileged material by mistake, you're in a world of hurt", Litman said. "There are several possible crimes that might have been committed by the circumstances of the hush money, but these are appropriately investigated by a USA attorney, not by special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the election".

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