Cohens loyalty to Trump in the Stormy Daniels scandal may have drawn him into legal jeopardy, even as it has carried him near the spires of American power
He’s a pugnacious lawyer with a Long Island accent who says he grew up idolizing Donald Trump and soaking in the wisdom of the real estate tycoon’s bestseller, The Art of the Deal.
But Michael Cohen’s devotion to Trump, his boss and mentor since 2006, may have drawn Cohen into legal jeopardy even as it has carried him near the pinnacles of American power.
FBI agents raided Cohen’s office and home on Monday after a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Agents reportedly confiscated material including correspondence with Trump and documents relating to a payment by Cohen to the porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump.
Mueller’s squad had previously procured emails Cohen wrote during the campaign and presidential transition, and documentation of Cohen’s efforts to get a Trump real estate development off the ground in Moscow.
Attempts by Cohen to silence Daniels, including with the threat of a $20 m lawsuit, have so far only sharpened the public focus on her alleged affair with Trump and cast a new spotlight on Cohen’s more bareknuckle tactics.
A lawyer for Daniels last month accused Cohen, 51, of” a history of thuggish behavior” and” use intimidation tactics in trying to step on little people” on behalf of Trump.
” As it relates to my client, it’s going to come to an end ,” Michael Avenatti told CBS News.” We’re going to show the American people precisely who Michael Cohen is .”