Trump again blamed Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions, saying Sessions made "a terrible mistake" in recusing himself last year from the investigation into Russia collusion and meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He also accused federal investigators of ignoring wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
"This is a pure and simple witch hunt," he said.
The president learned of the raid on Cohen after it happened, but several hours before The New York Times first reported it Monday afternoon, a senior administration official told CNN.
POTUS learned of the Michael Cohen raid after it happened but several hours before it was reported in the NYT, per senior admin official.
A phone, a computer and personal finance records were among the items investigators seized from Cohen's Rockefeller Center office, according to The Washington Post.
Cohen's lawyer said in a statement that special counsel Robert Mueller made a referral allowing federal prosecutors to obtain a search warrant.
MORE: Law enforcement agents conducted searches today at the New York office and New York residence of Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen, seizing documents and other material, CBS News confirms https://t.co/u0nR9vWYAapic.twitter.com/9v4yHRIUU5
"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. 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 said.
Cohen has said he paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 from his personal account in 2016 just before the presidential election in exchange for a non-disclosure agreement that prevented the exotic film star from publicly discussing the alleged 2006 affair with Trump. The White House has repeatedly denied Daniels' allegations of an affair.
After months of keeping quiet, Trump finally commented on the situation Thursday, saying he was unaware of Cohen's payment to Daniels. Cohen has also maintained the president did not know about the payment.
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