Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Trump criticizes FBI operation against his lawyer: "Witch Hunt"

The president of the United States , Donald Trump considered "shameful" the decision of the FBI to make Monday a search and seizure operation at his personal attorney office, Michael Cohen.
                    "I just heard you walked into the office of one of my personal lawyers. It is a shameful situation. It's a total witch hunt, "Trump told reporters as he met White House leaders with Pentagon leaders to talk about Syria.
The FBI conducted a search and seizure operation today at Cohen's New York office and confiscated records relating to different issues, including payments to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a relationship he allegedly had with the president.
"When I reported this, (I thought) this is a completely new level of injustice," Trump said.
Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said the operation was not directly related to the investigation by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who investigates alleged links between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign to influence the 2016 elections.
Ryan, however, said he believed Mueller had given information to New York prosecutors who later did their own investigation and ordered the FBI operation in Cohen's offices.
Trump, in turn, focused his criticism on Mueller's team, which he described as "the most troubled group of people he has ever seen."
"These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I've ever seen. All are Democrats. Either they are Democrats or some of them are Republicans who worked for the ex-President (Barack) Obama. They're not looking the other way, for Hillary Clinton, "Trump protested.
"And they made a knock at a personal lawyer's office early this morning. It's a shame. We'll talk about it more, "he added.
In addition, Trump again criticized his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, who decided to stay away from decisions related to the investigation into Russia because of his involvement in the Republican election campaign of 2016.
"The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he walked away. He should have warned us that he would leave, and we would have appointed another attorney general. He did something that I consider a very terrible mistake for our country, "said Trump.
According to the Washington Post, Trump's attorney is being investigated for violating election funding and bank fraud laws, which is a felony with up to 30 years in prison.
In the final stretch of the 2016 election, when several cases of sexual abuse erupted over Trump, Cohen allegedly paid $ 130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep secret the 2006 romance with the current president.
The payout could have violated US election funding laws if it was intended to preserve a good image of Trump as a candidate at a particularly critical time in the election process.

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