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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NYT: ACTING ON MUELLER'S CRIMINAL REFERRAL, FBI RAIDS OFFICES OF TRUMP'S PERSONAL LAWYER MICHAEL COHEN


From Ace of Spades:
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 (Stormy Daniels). 
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 Stormy Daniels' real name) 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.
Ace of Spades comments:
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. 
I can't declare this is all a set-up, though. It's hard for me to believe that Mueller would make a criminal referral based only on an admitted liar and fame-chaser's vague word, and I can't believe the FBI would dare to seek a warrant based only on that, and I can't believe a judge would issue a warrant based only on that. 
But it's not as hard for me to believe as it might have been two years ago.

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MEANWHILE, IF YOU'RE TEMPTED TO BELIEVE THE FBI HAS INTEGRITY:


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7 Comments:

Blogger Pete Rowe said...

Get rid of Rosenstein, Mueller, and the rest of this bad lot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:49:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Pete,
How rare is it that a law enforcement organization will raid an attorney's office?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:23:00 am  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

Never unless there is good evidence that the client is using the lawyer to accomplish illegal objectives.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:39:00 am  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

In any event, this is so far beyond the realm of what a Special Counsel should be doing that the investigation should be shut down.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 1:41:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Do you think it is possible Mueller actually uncovered some evidence showing that Trump does use Cohen in that way?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:45:00 am  
Blogger Pete Rowe said...

No. Mueller is a swamp creature trying to get rid of Trump.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:52:00 am  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Pete,
Mueller is a swamp creature trying to get rid of Trump.

That's the only possible explanation for all the recent doings by Mueller.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:25:00 pm  

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