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- President Donald Trump reportedly vents about the FBI raids on his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen as often as 20 times a day.
- Cohen is under criminal investigation for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud.
- He has not been charged with a crime.
The Post reported that Trump vents to his associates about the raids as often as “20 times a day,” one confidant estimated.
When Trump is complaining about the raids, his associates often listen in silence, The Post wrote, knowing there isn’t much they can say to improve his mood on the subject.
Last month, the FBI conducted the Cohen raids after a referral from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s office was passed along to the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. The government conducted the raids as a last resort, as protocol calls for such action only if authorities are sure evidence would otherwise be destroyed.
Cohen is now under criminal investigation for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud. He has not been charged with a crime.
Last week, Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult-film star Stormy Daniels, released information about Cohen’s financial dealings that showed he was paid more than $1.2 million by companies who sought Cohen’s services following the presidential election.
Cohen accepted those payments through his company, Essential Consultants LLC – the same company he used to facilitate the $130,000 pre-election hush money payment to Daniels, who has alleged she had a 2006 affair with Trump. Both Cohen and the White House has denied the allegation from Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. But the information Avenatti revealed could land Cohen in more legal trouble.
Avenatti did not make clear how he obtained the information, which had already come up in Mueller’s probe. Trump’s new personal attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, told Business Insider in a Friday interview that he thinks Avenatti could “get himself in serious trouble.”