Michael Cohen Is in Trouble. We Just Don't Know Exactly Why Yet

Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti has kept his client's alleged affair with Donald Trump in the headlines

"I think that the President has been clear that he thinks this has gone too far", Sanders said, implicitly raising the question of what Trump would do to remedy the situation. "It is the red line he always seemed to draw in his bitter complaints about the Mueller investigation-now here we are". The fact that it was the office of the lawyer who made the payment to the porn actress is juicy, but we still don't know what they will find, and what that really amounts to.

Trump also said: "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information! If he does not hold up, this could end very very badly for [President Trump] and others".

Trump, who lashed out on Twitter at Mueller's probe and the Justice Department on Monday evening, met with his lawyers at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the FBI raid, which has confirmed their worst fears - that Mueller's Russian Federation investigation is mushrooming well beyond questions of campaign collusion. "I suppose you could say that it is Trump's moment of truth", Bob Bauer, the former Obama White House general counsel, told me.

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 President's anger over the raid as well as a new assessment of what the implications of the raid could be for Cohen's most prominent client, Trump, are factors that the President's legal team has to take into account.

Cohen has been involved in the New York City yellow cab industry since the 1990s, going into business with his Ukraine-born father-in-law.

In addition to the payoff to Daniels, federal investigators are looking into a $150,000 payment to Playboy model Karen McDougal, who allegedly also had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Cohen is Trump's virtual vault - the keeper of his secrets, from his business deals to his personal affairs - and the executor of his wishes.

The raid infuriated Trump, who was left "stunned" and "livid" by the aggressive move by prosecutors Monday, according to an outside adviser in frequent touch with the White House.

"He certainly believes he has the power to do so", she said.

If Trump wields the ax against Rosenstein and then goes after Mueller, he would not only ignite a political storm but he also would raise doubts about the capacity of the U.S. system of governance itself to hold a strongman President in check. FBI Director Chris Wray is a Trump-appointed Republican. They were not authorised to discuss the bill ahead of its release and requested anonymity.

Sessions remains squarely in the President's crosshairs, as he has for much of Trump's presidency.

"I will always protect my POTUS", Cohen tweeted Sunday.

"When you're a star, they let you do it", Trump says in the video, speaking to "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.

The White House insisted Trump was focused on the response to Syria following the country's apparent use of chemical weapons on civilians over the weekend, killing more than 40 people.

Daniels, who initially refused a sexual relationship with the president, who is now trying depositions from both Trump and Cohen. "You'll have to ask Michael Cohen" why the payment was made, the president told reporters on Air Force One. I would imagine that if the special counsel's office hadn't been interested in Trump-related accounts there already, word of the president's tantrum must have piqued some interest.

In his few months atop the Southern District, Berman oversaw the successful conviction of a former top aide to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and took part in the announcement last month of the indictment of nine Iranians charged in a massive cybertheft campaign. "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be".

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