That the FBI Got a Search Warrant for Cohen's Office Is Telling

FBI looking into alleged fraud, sources say
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2018 5:02 AM CDT
Updated Apr 10, 2018 6:51 AM CDT
In this Sept. 19, 2017, photo, Michael Cohen appears in front of members of the media after a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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(Newser) – The stunning FBI raid on the offices of President Trump's personal lawyer Monday happened because Michael Cohen is suspected of crimes including bank fraud and campaign finance fraud, insiders say. Sources tell the Washington Post that agents seized documents including Cohen's tax returns in raids on his offices, home, and hotel room. The sources say the records seized include those relating to Cohen's controversial pre-election payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump. Agents also seized records of Cohen's communication with his clients, including Trump, the sources say. A roundup of coverage:

  • Bad news for Trump. This is very bad news for Trump, who may have committed a felony violation of campaign finance laws if he directed Cohen's payment to Daniels, Politico notes. But the fact that the investigation was referred to the US attorney's office by Robert Mueller suggests Cohen may also be involved in "Russia-related malfeasance" connected to the president: "For Trump, then, the trouble is that even if he is able to weather this particular storm, the roof shielding him may be blown away in the process."

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