On Monday, the F.B.I. raided the offices of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen, reportedly seizing records and emails relating to several separate topics.
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, Cohen’s own 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.”
Ryan went on to call the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” though he said that Cohen has been cooperating with authorities.
According to the New York Times, who first broke the story, the warrant used in the search and seizure of Cohen’s files was not directly related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign staff and a Russian effort to influence the 2016 election, but instead likely resulted from information that had been uncovered throughout the process of Mueller’s investigation.