FBI Raids Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Office

Matt Apuzzo at the New York Times reports:
The F.B.I. on Monday raided the office of [Donald] Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, seizing records related to several topics including payments to [Stormy Daniels].

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after receiving a referral from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to Mr. Cohen's lawyer, who called the search "completely inappropriate and unnecessary." The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller's investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.

"Today the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients," said Stephen Ryan, his lawyer. "I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller."

...The payments to Ms. Clifford are only one of many topics being investigated, according to a person briefed on the search. The F.B.I. also seized emails, tax documents, and business records, the person said.

The seized records include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen, which would likely require a special team of agents to review because conversations between lawyers and clients are protected from scrutiny in most instances.
The room at the Loews Regency on Park Avenue where Cohen has been staying was also raided.

I don't really have anything insightful to say at the moment, except that it continues to perplex me how slowly all of this is moving.

I realize this warrant was issued on the basis of something Mueller uncovered outside his scope, possibly regarding Stormy Daniels, but are we seriously meant to understand that Mueller never stumbled across anything previously to justify a search warrant on Cohen until now?

Come on. That beggars belief.

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