James Comey, the FBI director fired by President Trump in 2017, says he’s concerned about Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the agency. Comey says Trump’s attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice are undermining confidence in the agencies. Comey made the comments in June to The Atlantic at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival. The former FBI director says Trump’s criticisms are eroding trust in the Justice Department, which are built on the foundations of nonpartisanship and accountability.
While Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s work investigating the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia continues, much of the attention has been diverted to the FBI’s raid on Micheal Cohen’s office, home and hotel room. Cohen, you’ll recall, is one of Trump’s personal attorneys, and the man who facilitated a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, and may have been involved in the National Enquirer’s “catch and kill” of former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal’s story. Who’s who in this unfolding drama surrounding one of the president’s men? The Atlantic has a “definitive guide” to the key players, as this political drama unfolds.
After news stories about another hush money payment to a former doorman who claimed President Trump had fathered a love child, a pattern is emerging that there may have been an operation orchestrated by his attorney Michael Cohen to keep such charges quiet before the 2016 election. According to Vox:
That possibility is this: investigators suspect there was a major, potentially illegal, off-the-books spending operation aimed at making problems for Donald Trump’s campaign go away — and they’re wondering what Trump himself knew about it, or even whether he orchestrated it.
Hear more about what the FBI may have been looking for in the Cohen raid in this podcast from Vox.
Following the FBI raid of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, the president and some conservative commentators have been bemoaning “the death of attorney-client privilege.” However, certain legal circumstances can circumvent attorney-client privilege. Cohen, you may recall, facilitated the payment of $130,000 to adult film star Stormy Daniels, with whom Trump allegedly had an affair. The Washington Post produced this video on attorney-client privilege 101.
President Donald Trump vented his rage after the FBI raided the office of his personal attorney Michael Cohen, calling it “disgraceful,” “a total witch hunt,” and a “whole new level of unfairness,” according to NPR. Meanwhile, Politico reports that the FBI raid of Cohen’s office, home and hotel room would not have been done without serious consideration beforehand. The Washington Post reports that agents would have had to clear “a higher than normal bar” to obtain a warrant for the search. NPR has more on the president’s reaction to the raid: