Michael Cohen’s Manhattan offices were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in what seems to be an action motivated by a tip on behalf of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into president Donald Trump.
Michael Cohen has said the actions on behalf of FBI were “inappropriate and unnecessary” claiming he has cooperated fully with law enforcement. Many were claiming the move was politically motivated, but as the story continues to develop that theory is less and less probable.
It seems like the raid is targeting Michael Cohen specifically, and separate completely from Donald Trump, as it seems to have fallen outside of Mueller’s jurisdiction as he and his team did not pursue it directly. The charges seem to involve bank fraud and campaign finance regulation violations related in some way to Michael Cohen’s claims to have paid Stormy Daniels’ hush money out-of-pocket, which, if true, could violate campaign finance regulations as it could be considered a contribution to Donald Trump’s campaign.
Just weeks earlier Robert Mueller informed Trump’s legal defence that he was not currently a criminal target, signalling that the special counsel’s investigation is not actively interested in charging what was once an unpopular president. Additionally, Donald Trump appointed Christopher A. Wray as director of the FBI some time ago, throwing into question the claim that the FBI is being run in a politically motivated way, at least against Donald Trump.
Trump has recently struck back against Robert Mueller, claiming this is an “attack against [The United States] in a true sense,” though it wasn’t Mueller’s team who underwent or approved the raid, rather just tipped off the Republican-led FBI.
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