Three individuals with knowledge of the case reported to the Washington Post that the raid on President Trump’s longtime attorney and friend, Michael Cohen, was based on potential bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Michael Cohen is now under federal investigation.
Jay Goldberg, who spent 15 years as the exclusive litigator for Donald Trump, was asked by Ari Melber on his MSNBC show for his opinion of the Cohen raid. Goldberg said he believes that Mueller’s deputy, Andrew Weissman, is pursuing a bank fraud case. “What they did here, is probably Weissman thought that the money that Cohen had was secured from a bank through a loan in which he represented he was using it for a different purpose,” Goldberg argued. “Now that would be bank fraud, that’s the darling of the prosecutor’s nursery.”
While President Trump called the raid a “Witch Hunt” on Twitter, Mr. Cohen reported to CNN that the FBI agents were “professional, courteous and respectful”, characterizing the raid as “upsetting.”
Raids on law firms are extremely rare. Unlike routine search warrants, a raid such as this must be authorized by top Justice Department officials.
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