Monday, April 16, 2018

TRUMP CRISIS - The Michael Cohen Raid

"What Robert Mueller has to do with the FBI raid on Trump’s personal attorney" PBS NewsHour 4/9/2018


SUMMARY:  FBI agents raided and seized records from President Trump's long-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen.  Multiple news outlets report that agents took records related to payments Cohen made to the adult film actress known as Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006.  William Brangham talks to Eric Tucker of the Associated Press.

"Trump anger over FBI raids sparks speculation of Mueller firing" PBS NewsHour 4/10/2018


SUMMARY:  According to the White House, President Trump believes he has the power to fire Robert Mueller after the FBI raided Trump's personal lawyer based on information from the special counsel's team.  It's widely reported that the FBI seized thousands of Michael Cohen's records dealing with two women who say they had sexual affairs with Trump.  John Yang reports and Yamiche Alcindor joins Judy Woodruff.

"How Mueller could use evidence from the FBI’s raid on Michael Cohen" PBS NewsHour 4/10/2018


SUMMARY:  The FBI raid on the office and residence of President Trump's personal lawyer is an extraordinary and unusual step that would require high-level authorization at the Justice Department and the burden of evidence showing probable cause.  Judy Woodruff gets analysis from attorney Mark Zaid, and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler, on what it means for the Russia investigation.

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