On Monday, the FBI raided the office and hotel room of Mr. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen. It was reported that FBI agents who raided Cohen’s office were looking for documents about payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Trump. They were especially looking for information related to the National Enquirer’s role in silencing one of the women.
Upon hearing about the raid, Trump’s press conference on Syria turned into a crazed rant with him saying:
‘So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys. Here we are talking about Syria, and I have this witch hunt constantly going on.’
Trump went on to call the searches “disgraceful” and “an attack on our country.” According to TIME:
‘Trump got the legal facts of the raids wrong–they had been conducted under warrants approved by a federal judge–but clearly appreciated the magnitude of the moment. It is rare for authorities to seize evidence of potential crimes from any lawyer’s office. It is all but unheard of to do it from the personal attorney of the sitting President of the United States.’
Now, without his attorney Michael Cohen, Trump is left standing alone to weather the storm – the Stormy Daniels crisis that is. The raids were reported to have been related to alleged payments by Cohen to pornographic film actress Stephanie Clifford, who is also known in her role as Stormy Daniels.
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‘She claims to have had a consensual affair with Trump in 2006. The FBI was also reportedly looking for information about Cohen’s possible role in brokering a deal between American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, and 1998 Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, who told friends she had an affair with Trump around the same time.’
Mr. Trump’s many scandals with women are obviously nothing new considering he was still elected after the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked, on which Trump could be heard bragging about kissing, groping, and forcing himself onto women. He was even elected after 19 women went public with sexual assault allegations against him.
Interestingly, it was said that agents who raided Cohen’s office were also interested in records related that tape. According to TIME:
‘But what has come to light since are the machinations of Trump’s entourage, as it worked to keep quiet two of his alleged affairs. As the Cohen raids show, that could create potentially crippling legal vulnerabilities for the President and those close to him.’
Stephanie Clifford said she met Trump in 2006 at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe. Clifford rode in Trump’s golf cart with him as she made a paid appearance after which he invited her to his hotel. TIME reported:
‘After having sex, Clifford said Trump repeatedly promised to give her a spot on The Celebrity Apprentice.’
Just before that, the now-first lady Melania Trump had given birth to their son, Barron. Clifford reported on her “60 Minutes” interview in March that in 2011, she was approached by a man in a parking lot in Las Vegas who physically threatened her, saying:
‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’
Cohen denied having anything to do with the threats, but the plot thickens especially around how much involvement Cohen personally had regarding Mr. Trump’s affair with Stormy Daniels. The president appears to be facing some significant legal trouble which has truly become the storm that may lead to his demise.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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