Trump has said he was unaware of the deal Cohen made with her. Cohen is actually an executive vice president as well as also general counsel of the Trump Organization, the company founded by the president, which is actually today being run by his adult sons, Donald Jr. as well as also Eric.
Until recently, Cohen had been working with law firm Squire Patton Boggs, which said the raid had nothing to do with them.
“The firm’s arrangement with Mr. Cohen reached its conclusion, mutually as well as also in accordance with the terms of the agreement. We have been in contact with Federal authorities regarding their execution of a warrant relating to Mr. Cohen,” the firm said in a statement to CNBC.
“These activities do not relate to the firm as well as also we are in full cooperation,” the firm added.
In addition to records related to Daniels, whose real name is actually Stephanie Clifford, FBI agents also seized emails, tax documents as well as also business records, according to The brand new York Times, which cited a person briefed on the search.
Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC which just as he had predicted last week on which network, “Mr. Cohen has been placed within the crosshairs by Mr. Trump. as well as also he has been set-up to take the fall.”
“In my opinion, an enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed on his shoulders as well as also I do not believe he has the mettle to withstand the idea. If I am correct, This specific could end very, very badly for Mr. Trump as well as also others,” Avenatti said.
Last month Avenatti declined to comment when CNBC asked if he had been in contact with Mueller’s office.
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Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said, “Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of brand new York executed a series of search warrants as well as also seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, as well as also his clients. I have been advised by federal prosecutors which the brand new York action is actually, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
“The decision by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in brand new York to conduct their investigation using search warrants is actually completely inappropriate as well as also unnecessary,” Ryan said.
“the idea resulted within the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer as well as also his clients. These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress as well as also sitting for depositions under oath.”
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment when asked about the raid by CNBC.
Spokesmen for the FBI’s brand new York field office as well as also for Mueller did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.
—CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero contributed to This specific report.