On Tuesday morning, Trump fumed on Twitter, writing, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"
"It is a disgraceful situation".
"What is perhaps most telling about this action is that the special counsel, and by extension, the [U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York], had no compunction about executing a search warrant on the President's personal counsel", wrote Montoya. Communications between clients and their lawyers are privileged.
A former US attorney told the Washington Post that the raids were like "dropping a bomb on Trump's front porch". Trump told reporters last week that he did not know about the payment. "Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that's a big statement". In cases such as this one, where Cohen's communications with President Trump would be among the records seized, prior approval is required not only from a court, but also from the highest levels of the U.S. Department of Justice, which in this case would be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Finally, it's significant that Mueller sent this matter to the federal attorney's office in NY for it to pursue. It was that US attorney's office which then prepared a warrant, which they had to get approved by a judge.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and the U.S. attorney's office also had no comment. The New York Times first reported Monday's raid.
Cohen has more recently attracted attention for his acknowledgment that he paid Daniels US$130,000 out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen says used a home-equity line of credit to finance the payment to Daniels and neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign reimbursed him for the payment; Trump himself says he did not know of the payments.
Another Democratic lawmaker, Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, called for legislation to protect Mueller's investigation.
Asked if he wants to fire Mr Mueller, Mr Trump replied: "We'll see what happens".
Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort's potential collusion with the Russians was on that list; and while portions of that memo remain redacted from public disclosure, it appears that hush money payments to porn stars didn't make the cut. He said he had no contact with Trump or anyone else in the Trump orbit and had no expectation he would be paid back in any way, shape or form for the six-figure pay out.
"If this were Hillary Clinton [having her lawyer's office raided], the ACLU would be on every TV station in America jumping up and down", said Dershowitz, as quoted by Fox News.
McDougal is suing AMI to invalidate her contract, alleging she was fraudulently induced to sign, among other claims.
Daniels, though, is seeking to break the nondisclosure agreement, to allow her to freely talk about her relationship with Trump. No, instead it was the news that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "broke into" the office of Michael Cohen, Trump's longstanding personal lawyer. What that something is presumably will only become clear when Trump faces his day of reckoning with Mueller.
A number of journalists have said Cohen threatened them with libel suits. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen said in a phone conversation on Tuesday with CNN.
The Daily Beast published the story, prompting Trump's campaign to say Cohen "is not affiliated with the campaign". "These activities do not relate to the firm and we are in full cooperation".