April 9, 2018

The FBI raids the Offices of Trump’s personal lawyer and Trump Organization executive, Michael Cohen.  Cohen’s emails, documents, and tax records were seized.

“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” said Stephen Ryan, his (Cohen’s) lawyer. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”

I don’t believe Cohen’s lawyer includes the information concerning Mueller by accident.  This is some red meat for Trump’s people and Fox news.  I also don’t believe that the FBI just drops this information to Cohen’s lawyer, unless the warrants or a warrant is directly from the Mueller investigation.  So either some of these warrants were served for the Mueller investigation or that information was not passed on to Cohen’s lawyer, but merely presumed.

This could be a bundle of warrants for multiple investigations.  There’s no reason to speculate as to the entire scope now.  It is possible that Cohen’s lawyer will leak more information regarding specifics of the warrants.  Take any information he passes on with a grain of salt.

It is worth noting, that attorney-client privileges are revoked if their communications furthered criminal activity.

UPDATE: This shit might get real serious real fast.  Let’s keep an eye on it.

 

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An interesting story coming out of Panama that highlights the Trump organization’s intermingling with the Trump “Presidency.”  In regards to the Trump organizations loss of management over the Trump waterfront hotel in Panama City:

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s company appealed directly to Panama’s president to intervene in its fight over control of a luxury hotel, even invoking a treaty between the two countries, in what ethics experts say was a blatant mingling of Trump’s business and government interests.”

“While never mentioning Trump or his role as president, the letter says lawyers representing the Trump Organization were aware of “the separation of powers” in Panama but essentially asks the country’s president to intervene in the judicial process anyway. It goes on to say that the eviction violates an investment treaty signed by the two countries and suggests that the Panamanian government, not the hotel’s new management team, could be blamed for any wrongdoing.”

“We appreciate your influence in order to avoid that these damages are attributed not to the other party, but to the Panamanian government,” said the letter, which was copied to Panamanian Cabinet officials, as well as the presidents of the Supreme Court and National Assembly.”

In essence, the Trump Organization is asking for Panamanian Presidential influence in this matter.  There is very little difference between this suggested action and similar activity a crime organization would be inclined to take.

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