US President Donald Trump has reacted angrily to news of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the offices of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, calling it "a disgrace".
Minutes later he publicly unleashed his sharpest invective to date against the sweeping investigation, calling the Monday search "a disgrace". The agency reportedly gather records on various topics, such as the $130,000 non-disclosure payment Cohen made the adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Mueller, a lifelong Republican, and his team of attorneys have been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and associated misdeeds in the president's orbit since May 2017.
"The decision by the U.S. Attorney's Office in NY to conduct their investigation using search warrants is completely inappropriate and unnecessary", Ryan said in a statement.
"I think it's very likely that they will be looking at the source of that money paid to Stormy Daniels, and any other women", said Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor in NY.
A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said from the White House that it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006, but the White House has denied the claim.
Trump answered questions about Daniels for the first time last week, saying he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen and he didn't know where Cohen had gotten the money.
Mueller is leading the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, which includes examining any potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia.
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The news comes after Trump on Monday dismissed Mueller's investigation as "disgraceful", a "witch hunt" and "an attack on our country".
President Donald Trump slammed the FBI's raid on the offices of his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
"What's more disturbing is that, in the wake of these reports, the President appears to be using this unrelated action as a pretext to disparage Special Counsel Mueller's investigation and openly contemplate firing him".
"The attorney general made a bad mistake when he did this. he certainly should have let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have put a different attorney general in", the president said.
"We are a nation of laws", said Cicilline, in a news release.
Cohn has been under scrutiny over a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who says she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago.
The harsh tone of Trump's comments immediately drew warnings from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have sought to preserve Mueller's independence. I've wanted to keep it down.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY released a statement warning Trump against firing Mueller. If the President attempts to fire Special Counsel Mueller, or impede his investigation in any way, it would be a clear attempt to obstruct justice and undermine the rule of law. The regulations only allow Mueller's removal for "misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest or for other good cause" including violation of Justice Department policies.