Rod Rosenstein, the veteran Republican prosecutor hand-picked by Trump to serve as deputy attorney general, personally signed off on Monday's Federal Bureau of Investigation decision to raid the office of Cohen, Trump's personal attorney and longtime confidant, several government officials said. So we know the evidence seized does not directly relate to Mueller's inquiry into any conspiracy with Russians to influence the election or related crimes such as obstruction of the special counsel's investigation.
Cohen's description of the search clashes with what Trump said on Monday. (My colleague Amy Davidson Sorkin wrote about Trump's initial reaction to the raid.) It's pretty clear, though, that such an option is very much on his mind.
Trump has always been angry at top Justice Department officials, who he feels have not done enough to protect him from Mueller's ongoing probe. So it was weird when the Virginia Democrat took to the floor of the Senate last December to deliver a strong admonition to the president of the United States, seemingly out of the blue. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. They believe Rosenstein crossed the line in what he can and cannot pursue.
Stressing his loyalty, Cohen has steadfastly denied wrongdoing and defended Trump.
The president had been telling confidants for weeks that he was not eager to make the three-day trip, which had already been shortened from original plans, according to two people who have discussed it with him in recent weeks but were not authorised to disclose the private conversations. These are red lines, and we simply can not allow them to be crossed. Rosenstein's successor overseeing the special counsel's investigation could follow a similar path.
Some White House allies think that this one, like numerous administration's pockets of turbulence, was brought on by Trump himself - specifically, by comments he made last week aboard Air Force One, when he claimed he had no knowledge of the payment Cohen made to Daniels, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
"I would be lying to you if I told that I am not". But she did not close the door, adding: "I can't speak to it beyond that". And the law enforcement action will nearly certainly amplify the public scrutiny on the payment to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006.
"He certainly believes he has the power to do so", she said.
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Trump has vented many times before at what he sees as the utter injustice of the Mueller probe and at his subordinates, like Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who he thinks should be protecting him, not enabling the probe.
"There's no way the facts can shake out where he didn't violate some statute or rule", she says.
Porn star Stormy Daniels has started cooperating with federal investigators looking into whether President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen committed a crime by paying her $130,000 shortly before the 2016 election, according to a report. Republicans in Congress - once considered a reliable bulwark that might help keep an angry president at bay - have become increasingly incensed over the department's slow production of documents on controversial cases, including the Hillary Clinton email case.
But Cohen said he was unhappy to have his office and residences raided, and he is anxious about the federal investigation.
But the president's ire has been directed at Mueller and his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Sessions recused himself a year ago from all investigations involving the 2016 election, including the special counsel's probe, a decision that continues to infuriate the President. "It was wise of Rosenstein to assign the case to another office to take the heat off of Mueller". A warrant requires high-level approval within the Justice Department, and agency guidelines impose additional hurdles when the search target is an attorney. Trump's foursquare behind him, after all.
Trump spent Monday evening (Tuesday NZT) calling associates to vent and gauge their reaction to the news.
Still, he told CNN, he remains loyal to the president.