FBI raids Cohen; Trump brands Mueller's probe an 'attack on country'

SPECIAL COUNSEL Robert Mueller could ensnare President Trump in any misstatements

President Donald Trump condemned as "disgraceful" an FBI raid on the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who paid $130,000 to an adult-film actress and who has been a key figure in the USA investigation into Russian election meddling.

The New York Times says an associate of Pinchuk's called Trump directly to set up the appearance and that the next day, Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen called to solicit the donation.

Now Trump can say, with some hope that large numbers of attentive Americanos will agree with him, that, "There wasn't any Russian collusion, which is what this counsel was supposed to be in business to investigate".

The raid Monday that was directed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III was a "disgrace" and a "pure and simple witch hunt", President Trump told reporters at the White House.

He said, "Here we are talking about Syria", and "I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now". "We'll see what happens, but it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened".

"And many people have said, 'You should fire him.'" Trump added.

The president also called Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigators 'the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen'. The foundation also reportedly said in a tax filing made two weeks after Trump won the 2016 election that it may have broken federal rules that prohibit charitable organizations from self-dealing.

Trump cannot technically fire Mueller, but could ask the deputy attorney general to do so on his behalf.

Cohen's legal professional, Stephen Ryan, mentioned Monday's raid was carried out by the U.S. Lawyer's workplace in Manhattan and was based mostly at the least partly on a referral from Mueller.

Last June, Trump tried to order Mueller's termination, but backed off after White House counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.

He said the raid in NY marked a "whole new level of unfairness" by Mueller and his team. The referral to the US attorney in the Southern District of NY was approved by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to a person familiar with the situation.

In his statement, Ryan said the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid "resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients". Now with this major escalation by Mueller, the Left smells blood in the water and Trump-haters are becoming increasingly crazed and detached from reality. Documents were seized in the raid that took place even though Cohen "cooperated completely" with Mueller's office, he said. "Frankly, I can't imagine, because each of us has to come to terms with our own heart and conscience - I would fire the SOB in three seconds if it were me".

Trump has repeatedly stated he wouldn't have appointed Sessions if he knew he wouldn't oversee the Russian Federation investigation and has routinely said the action directly led Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel. Of course, since Hannity slams Hillary Clinton on a regular basis, Trump's comments gave the Fox host a prime opportunity to bemoan the "massive double standard" of the justice system.

One of the things they said: "I fired Comey".

There have been few indicators that Mueller was excited by investigating the fee, although.

Earlier this year, Mueller subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents relating to the donation, made by Ukranian steel magnate Victor Pinchuk.

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