UPDATE: Multiple sources have confirmed to People’s Pundit Daily that Michael Cohen is under investigation for campaign finance violations and bank fraud.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday raided the office of Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to President Donald Trump. The U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“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,” said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. “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.”
Mr. Cohen recently said he paid $130,000 to a pornographic-film actress, Stephanie Clifford, who claims to have had an affair with President Trump. Ms. Clifford is known as Stormy Daniels. Mr. Ryan said his client has cooperated with authorities and turned over thousands of documents to congressional investigators, who were allegedly looking into Russian election meddling.
But a person briefed on the search told The New York Times that the payments to Ms. Clifford are only one of several topics being investigated. The FBI also seized emails, tax documents and business records.
“I believe the damage Robert Mueller and these people have done to the body politic with these police state tactics is irreversible,” he said.
Worth noting, the records include privileged communications between President Trump and Mr. Cohen. A special team of agents will likely need to review those documents, which are typically protected from scrutiny.
Meanwhile, multiple sources tell People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) that this will not be the last referral from the special counsel, who has been investigating everything but alleged “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.