Agents raided the space Mr Cohen uses in the Rockefeller Centre office of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, as well as a room he is staying in at the Loews Regency Hotel in Park Avenue while his apartment is undergoing renovation, the person said.
Cohen is Trump's virtual vault - the keeper of his secrets, from his business deals to his personal affairs - and the executor of his wishes. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said. "It is the red line he always seemed to draw in his bitter complaints about the Mueller investigation-now here we are".
"Many people have said you should fire him".
Cohen admitted to paying $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Legal experts agree this is a major development.
While specifics about the bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign law violations for which Cohen is reportedly under investigation have not been made public, a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday said that Cohen could have provided false information about the source of the $130,000 and the objective of the payment. Even if Trump were to succeed in getting rid of Mueller-which would be sure to provoke an enormous political backlash, and maybe even impeachment proceedings in Congress-the NY investigation, which is centered on Cohen, would continue. "D.O.J. only raids once they have concluded that lesser options-like cooperation-aren't working and that there is a risk that evidence may be destroyed", he said. Getting a warrant to search an attorney's office is not easy.
He insisted that neither the Trump Organization, the president's real estate group, nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Clifford. One communication that isn't privileged is anything related to possible collusion between the lawyer and the client to break the law. But I wouldn't put money on it. "But he signed, as you know, he also signed the FISA warrant, so Rod Rosenstein, who's in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant", Trump said, before adding again that Rosenstein was right about Comey. "It can not be discovered", he said.
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Communications between clients and their lawyers are often beyond the reach of law enforcement based on attorney-client privilege, derived from the US Constitution. And the attorney-client privilege is not dead. We are joined now by Renato Mariotti. In order to obtain a search warrant, investigators must convince a judge that there is probable cause to believe evidence of criminal activity exists in the place they seek to search. "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not (worried)", Cohen told CNN.
But some of Trump's legal advisers are telling him they now have a stronger case against Rosenstein. "I will always protect Mr. Trump".
Mr Cohen's own lawyer, Mr Stephen Ryan, said agents were working in part on the request of Mr Mueller, the independent prosecutor investigating links between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Agents were seeking records on payments to Daniels and another woman who said she had an affair with Trump, according to the New York Times.
He declined to comment further but added he was anxious for his family and acknowledged the raids and attention have affected them.
Asked why he had not fired Mueller, Trump left the door open. Still, it provides the special counsel with at least one degree of separation from the initial raid.
It also establishes a protective barrier between Mueller and one of the seedier Trump scandals. "It has ALWAYS been about the threats, cover-up and the lies that have been told to the American people". Now, above and beyond that, this is an unusual and special warrant because this is a search warrant of an attorney's residence. Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted his former campaign chairman.