On Monday, the New York Times broke the news that the FBI had raided the offices of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. Cohen, of course, is the one who paid off Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who had an affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his youngest son Barron.
The raid resulted in the seizure of emails, business records, and tax documents that pertain to Cohen’s relationship with Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford. Also collected in the previously-unannounced federal action were documents relating to Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Cohen is actually named in the infamous Steele Dossier as a “fixer” for his big-name client, willing to go to the ends of the earth to protect Trump.
That’s exactly what Ms. Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was thinking of when he heard the news of the raid:
See below and review my comments and predictions last week on CNN and MSNBC. An enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed on MC’s shoulders IMO. If he does not hold up, this could end very very badly for DJT and others. F.B.I. Raids Cohen Offices https://t.co/ijYXxDpiGH
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti)
Those “comments and predictions” that Avenatti is talking about amount to his view that Trump may actually be setting Cohen up to be a sort of “fall guy” in the entire affair — an opinion that Avenatti has held since Trump unexpectedly announced aboard Air Force One last week that he had no knowledge of the $130,000 hush money payment to Daniels and that reporters “should ask Michael Cohen about that.”
That’s an entirely likely thing for Donald Trump to do. But the fact is, Team Trump has attempted to construct narratives blaming others or minimizing certain people’s influence on him a million times since the beginning of the Russia investigation, and all it’s resulted in is people rolling over.
What’s worse for Trump — and Cohen — is that the FBI appears to be taking down the president’s lawyer completely, not just raiding his office:
.@KatyTurNBC just reported on MSNBC that the NBC News Investigative Unit went to the Regency Hotel where Michael Cohen has been staying and the doorman said that the FBI is still there.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1)
None of this looks good at all, either for the sleazy president or his sleazy lawyer. But that’s good for America.