They’re really going to do this, aren’t they?
Gird your loins. This feels like the beginning of the end, one way or the other.
The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to a pornographic-film actress.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen’s lawyer, who called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.” The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.
The payments to Ms. Clifford are only one of many topics being investigated, according to a person briefed on the search. The F.B.I. also seized emails, tax documents and business records, the person said.
Paying someone to keep her mouth shut is not a crime, or else everyone who pays a blackmailer is himself committing a criminal act. Not saying this woman is a blackmailer, but it’s not illegal to pay off a blackmailer.
The only crime I can imagine is being investigated — pretextually — is the claim by this porno actress and admitted liar that a thug approached her and recommended she stay silent about Trump, making a vague threat against her and her child.
Is an admitted liar’s claim, without any evidence that the thug has anything to do with Michael Cohen, enough for Mueller to generate a criminal referral and for the FBI to secure a warrant? Seems unlikely — maybe there was evidence of some connection that we’re not aware of.
Now, unless there is some real proof that Cohen hired a thug to make a threat, I’m thinking this is a pretext — like Sally Yates’ claim that they had to investigate Michael Flynn because of a possible, hypothetical violation of the dead-letter no-longer-a-law Logan Act — to grab up other information while allegedly investigating a crime.
Last chance to spy?
Where are the republican putting money for the mid-terms
Cohen was appointed National Deputy Finance Chairman of the RNC on 04/02/2017.
@kitt: The swamp is panic mode and desperate. They don’t have any evidence of collusion after all this time and money and have exposed themselves. They know the OIG report’s release is right around the corner and it won’t bode well at all for them. After that, we should hopefully start seeing indictments from Huber’s criminal investigation. The other prosecutor who was appointed over the weekend specializes in political corruption and is from outside D.C. as well indicating the extent of the corruption and abuse of the last administration.
Rosenstein approved this. He’s also neck deep in the FISA abuse case. Mueller has now probably crossed the line for people who were willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He now looks like a co-conspirator in the coup.
Well, it was good enough to initiate spying in Trump and his team. Seems to be a working model.
I think, lacking anything to sustain this bogus farce of a witch hunt “investigation”, they are now trying to provoke Trump to do something that can be construed as “obstruction”. It is an act of desperation and it could turn out to be a massive overstep.
@another vet: Knowing where the RNC is putting its money for the midterms so they can hire prostitutes like Stormy to ruin the reputation of the candidates. No doubt they are desperate the DNC is broke. This is just like breaking into the RNC headquarters they snagged up emails and business records.