The republican President Donald Trump’s personal attorney has come into the limelight but not in a good way. He could be the villain in a horror mystery that everyone would end up despising. He plays this role well in real life. Over the years, he has developed the reputation for not only being extremely loyal to the president but for being a fixer. He makes all the problems of President Trump disappear.
The rule of whatever has been shared between a client and his/ her attorney not being subject to scrutiny by law enforcement officials is pretty much the standard, but there is an exception. If an attorney is conspiring with his/ her client in a criminal enterprise, then the confidentiality of their interactions are no longer sacrosanct. This is where Mr. Cohen finds himself and this couldn’t happen to a more deserving gentleman.
“It is my opinion only. that the list of those who will be criminally charged due to their relationship to the president will include at a minimum, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.
Because this NY FBI raid was based on a referral by the FBI’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, Mr. Cohen may be under review in an alternate criminal case. This tells me that Mr. Cohen is in for some perilous legal troubles. The possible crimes listed on the warrant include bank fraud, wire and election fraud.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On April 9, 2018, Matt Apuzzo of the New York Times penned the following report, “F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Longtime Lawyer Michael Cohen”
“The F.B.I. on Monday (4/9/18) 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.”
“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
“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.”
“Among the documents seized were privileged communications between Cohen and his clients — including those with Trump, according to a person familiar with the investigators’ work. Investigators took Cohen’s computer, phone and personal financial records as part of the search of his office at Rockefeller Center, the person said.”
The raid was first reported by the New York Times.