The early-morning raid by the FBI on the offices of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, turns out to have been entirely unrelated to the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling, although Mueller did refer the case to the Southern District of New York division of the Department of Justice.
Instead, the New York Times now reports, the FBI was seeking information on payments to women who claim to have had affairs with the president, made shortly before the election.
Payments of the sort would be considered illegal use of campaign funds.
Although Trump has been ranting since he found out about the raid yesterday about attorney-client privilege and how unfair it was for the FBI to “break in” to his personal lawyer’s office, he has apparently missed two key factors that had to go into the decision-making process prior to execution of the search warrants:
In fact, worst of all for Trump, the warrant was obtained for the FBI by the public corruption unit of the Manhattan federal attorney’s office, meaning it is unrelated to Robert Mueller’s investigation and wholly impossible to describe as part of any “witch hunt.”
The fact that law enforcement sought records regarding Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, the two high-profile adult stars with whom Trump allegedly had affairs in 2006, indicates that the payments are being looked at as fraud, especially in light of the fact that no dispute of the payments or their purpose has ever been issued by the White House.
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