(NY DAILY NEWS) – FBI agents raided the Manhattan office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, reportedly confiscating records relating to a payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Federal prosecutors got a search warrant for Cohen’s office after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Cohen’s lawyer, Stephen Ryan.
Ryan said the search was not directly correlated to Mueller’s probe into Russian election meddling, but likely relates to information his team had uncovered and flagged for prosecutors in New York.
The raid was “completely inappropriate and unnecessary,” Ryan said in a statement, adding that it “resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients.”
Cohen facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in exchange for her silence about a tryst she had with Trump in 2006, according to court records.
Trump may have violated federal election laws if he in any way coordinated or had knowledge of the payment, as it was made 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. Trump has denied any knowledge of the payment.
The FBI declined to comment. Multiple White House spokespeople did not respond to emailed questions.