Trump resumes attacks on law enforcement after FBI raids his lawyer's office

From Reuters - April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump reprised his angry attacks on law enforcement on Tuesday following FBI raids targeting his personal lawyer that were related to a federal investigation into possible collusion by Trump campaign aides with Moscow.

In two brief Twitter messages, Trump lamented that attorney-client privilege is dead, and denounced a total witch hunt, apparently restating his long-held view of Special Counsel Robert Muellers investigation. He did not elaborate.

FBI agents executed a series of search warrants on Michael Cohens office and home on Monday, law enforcement officials said. One source said Cohen was under investigation for activity including possible bank and tax fraud and possible campaign law violations.

The raids, which Trump denounced on Monday as disgraceful, were a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving close Trump associates.

The investigations have dogged Trump since he took office last year, prompting him to publicly criticize Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation, and to suggest periodically that he might try to have Mueller dismissed.

Cohens lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said on Monday that prosecutors seized communications between Cohen and his clients based in part on a referral by Mueller. The special counsel was appointed by the Justice Department last year to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trumps campaign.

The attorney-client privilege Trump referred to is intended to encourage open communications between lawyers and their clients, so that lawyers can provide sound legal advice. But the privilege is not absolute, and there is an exception for communications made to further a crime.


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