The recent FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s office was a move against Cohen, but an even bigger move against Trump. Records seized in the raid were communications between Cohen and Trump. This was literally a slap in the face to Trump and predictably, Trump did not take it well.
Trump called the raid a disgraceful attack on America. According to the New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman, in private Trump is “angrier than he has been at any point in the many fuming news cycles, according to two people close to him.”
Haberman went on to say, “But both Trump and Cohen believe this is really Mueller and that farming it out to SDNY was a fig leaf. Both sources say that this has crossed the “red line” that Trump laid out for Mueller going outside his purview in intvw w
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Robert Mueller is 10 steps ahead…
Trump always does this and Mueller knows what to expect from him at this point. When Mueller took down Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, Trump wanted to fire him, but realize what a disaster that would be in the long-run so he backed off.
Trump is fuming mad about his Attorney getting raided, but he’s still predictable, he won’t fire Mueller. He knows he doesn’t have the support or pull to survive the fallout of firing him. Mueller clearly knows this and doesn’t care to push all of Trump’s buttons.
Mueller has consistently shown that he’s very good at his job and Trump is no match for him. Mueller is always several steps ahead of Trump (and everyone for that matter) and this time it’s no different. Trump can stomp his feet and throw Twitter tantrums all day long, but the end result is going to be the same as far as Mueller’s investigation is concerned.
The Cohen raid was more about Trump than you think…
It was only a matter of time before Robert Mueller moved on Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen. The FBI raided Michael Cohen’s offices yesterday to seize documents, which is a big deal, but not for the reasons you may initially think.
This isn’t just a big signal from Mueller that spells trouble for Michael Cohen, but ultimately it’s bad news for Donald Trump.
The FBI raid is clearly related to the Stormy Daniels affair, not the Russia conspiracy, as confirmed by the New York Times report. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 to keep her mouth shut right before the election, which he has completely taken the fall for, saying it was paid out of his own pocket, in which many legal experts say was a direct violation of federal election laws.
The part that went largely overlooked…
Now, the part of the report that went largely overlooked says: “The seized records include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen, which would likely require a special team of agents to review because conversations between lawyers and clients are protected from scrutiny in most instances.”
Why is that an extremely significant revelation? Because it shows this this isn’t just simply about making a move against Michael Cohen… it’s a move against Trump. The Cohen raid is an attempt at gathering evidence showing Trump knew about the Stormy Daniels payout, which would make him guilty of violating election laws personally.
Now, here’s the kicker: Trump and Cohen share attorney-client privilege, but that doesn’t apply if they are co-conspirators. If Cohen’s records show that Trump was in on the plot to pay off Daniels, Robert Mueller has Trump nailed.
Based on past action by Mueller, we know he doesn’t go digging for evidence that doesn’t exist. Odds are, Mueller already has what he needs and he’s just tying up lose ends. This is not going to end well for Cohen or for Trump.