On Monday, as has been widely circulated at this point, the FBI raided the office of the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. It’s come out that although the raid was not conducted as a direct part of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, it was carried out thanks to a referral from the special counsel.
Agents seized records covering topics including the massive payment of hush money Cohen delivered in 2016 to adult film star Stormy Daniels covering an alleged affair with the president. Cohen has been reported to be under investigation for possible campaign finance law violations and bank fraud.
Like clockwork, the president took to ranting and raving about the supposed improper nature of government investigations into his team following Monday’s development, doing so in part at a Cabinet meeting that was supposed to focus on the crisis over the Syrian government having allegedly used a chemical weapon on its people.
In addition, he took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to rant about the issue, angrily writing:
‘Attorney-client privilege is dead!’
He also applied his favorite term for the Russia investigation as a whole to what happened to Cohen Monday, calling it a witch hunt.
The FBI raiding Cohen was not a direct part of the Russia investigation, but that didn’t stop the president.
His tweets here — as so many others from him have done — call into question just how innocent he really is.
Besides the fact that the FBI would have been unable to get a warrant from a judge without showing that there was a good reason for them to have one, the president really shouldn’t be worried here if there were no communications between him and his client covering anything potentially illegal or improper, like the Stormy Daniels payment.
We will know what he’s hiding soon enough.