President Donald Trump just called the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen a “disgrace.”
“It’s a disgraceful situation,” Trump said during a meeting with military leaders.
Trump also took aim at the Russia probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who reportedly made the referral that led to the raid.
“I have this witch hunt constantly going on,” Trump said. It’s an attack on on our country…what we all stand for.”
Trump called the special counsel’s team “the most conflicted group of people I have ever seen.”
The fiery comments from Trump immediately led to speculation that the FBI raid on Cohen’s office could lead Trump to fire Mueller, a step lawmakers in both parties have repeatedly warned the president would lead to a constitutional crisis.
According to The Washington Post, Cohen is being investigated for campaign finance violations and bank fraud.
Citing a person familiar with the case, the newspaper reported the focus of the investigation into Cohen hours after it was confirmed that FBI agents had raided his Manhattan office.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement that federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant after receiving a referral “in part” from special counsel Robert Mueller. Ryan called the search “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
Agents reportedly seized emails, tax documents and records related to his payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
Bloomberg reported that Mueller had gone to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who oversees his probe, with information which Rosenstein decided to refer to the Manhattan U.S. attorney.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 9, 2018