Trump appeared to directly float the idea of firing special counsel Robert Mueller at the start of his military leadership meeting on Monday, calling the special counsel's investigation a "disgrace" and defending his firing of former FBI Director James Comey as the "right thing" to do.
The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump even as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team, which in addition to investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign is also examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice. We'll see what happens, but I think it's really a sad situation.
He asserted that "this" - it was unclear if Trump incorrectly meant the staff working in the Office of Special Counsel - "is the most biased group of people" ... Cohen, whose name has come up at an increasing rate in relation to Mueller's probe, had his Manhattan office and hotel room raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday in an unrelated case involving porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump has said he didn't know about the payment, which was made weeks before the 2016 election.
The revelation comes as Mueller investigates the flow of foreign money into the Trump campaign and Trump's personal business.
Trump cannot technically fire Mueller, but could ask the deputy attorney general to do so on his behalf.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, said in an email that Cohen "has been placed in the crosshairs by Mr. Trump".
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This is more uncertainty than the Trump White House or Trump himself has usually treated the question of whether he would try to sack the special counsel.
As for today's raid on Cohen's office, it is "a whole new level of unfairness".
"The decision by the U.S. Attorney's Office in NY to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary", the lawyer, Stephen Ryan, told NBC in a statement.
"We have now entered a unsafe new phase, and there's no turning back from this". Documents were seized in the raid that took place even though Cohen "cooperated completely" with Mueller's office, he said.
"My message to Mueller tonight is simple: if you have evidence of collusion, any at all, show it to us or end this partisan investigation". Mueller is already examining Russian collusion in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
Beneath Justice Division laws, Mueller is required to seek the advice of with Deputy Lawyer Normal Rod Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new proof which will fall outdoors his authentic mandate.
The donation, from steel magnate Victor Pinchuk, pales in comparison to contributions he gave to the charity Bill and Hillary Clinton set up. "No marshal can get into this White House and any Secret Service agent who defies me is fired'".
There have been few indicators that Mueller was excited by investigating the fee, although. Meanwhile, the special counsel's heightened focus on Cohen comes after he subpoenaed the Trump Organization for documents and records related to its foreign deals.