Report: Likelihood Of Trump-Mueller Interview Is All But Gone After Raid

President Trump is furious.

He found out on Monday that the FBI conducted a raid of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to look for information pertaining to a number of ongoing cases, including a legal feud with pornstar Stormy Daniels. Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly condoned the raid of Cohen’s office, home, and hotel.

Trump took to social media and expressed the ongoing investigation – which was authorized to find collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russian entities – under Mueller is a “witch hunt.” He also criticized the alleged abuse of attorney-client privileges.

Over the last several months, the president and his legal team were in discussions with Mueller about potentially scoring an interview. Following the raid however, it seems that option is all but off the table as Trump says he is “less inclined” to meet with Mueller.

Per ABC News:

In the wake of an early morning FBI raid on his personal attorney, sources close to President Donald Trump and his legal team say the president is “less inclined” to sit down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

For the last several months, the Trump legal team has been having active negotiations with the Mueller team working toward a potential interview which would have included either a face to face interview with parameters, a written questionnaire or some mix of both, sources have told ABC News.

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Yet in the wake of Monday’s FBI raid on the home and office of Michael Cohen, the president’s longtime personal counsel, multiple sources tell ABC News things might be changing and that the president per one source is “understandably less trusting” of Mueller and his team.

According to the report, just last month, President Trump was willing to participate in an interview. “Sure I would like to. I would like to,” he said in March.

Here’s more on the raid, from ABC News:

It was just after 7 o’clock Monday morning that FBI agents were dispatched by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to three locations tied to Cohen – his home, his office in Rockefeller Center and a hotel he was currently staying at on New York’s East Side. It was Mueller’s team that passed information on to the Department of Justice, which referred the matter to the U.S. Attorney’s Office New York, but the raids and investigation are separate from the ongoing investigation into Russia meddling during the 2016 election. It was during this raid that sources tell ABC News agents took personal and financial records dating back as far as 2013. Sources say the search was for evidence of possible bank and wire fraud in addition to possible campaign finance violations. Agents also took documents related Cohen’s dealings with adult film star Stormy Daniels just weeks before the 2016 election, according to multiple sources. Cohen’s personal electronic devices were also seized in Monday’s raid.

Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan told ABC News in a statement that the FBI “executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients. 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.”

Here’s more on the potential impacts of the raid, via National Review:

This is one of the rare moments in the Trump Wars where everybody is right. The raid on Michael Cohen’s office is a big deal. For much — but not all — of the MAGA crowd, this is the last straw, a rogue prosecutor violating the cherished rights of a citizen, never mind the president.

Meanwhile, the Resistance types think Mueller has found the Holy Grail-silver-bullet-kryptonite- whatever that will take down the president.

The fact that Mueller referred this to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York rather than fold it into his own investigation suggests that whatever he found may not be central to his probe. If Mueller had reason to believe that he had Cohen dead to rights on the “collusion” stuff, he probably wouldn’t have farmed this out to a different prosecutor.

On the other hand, the fact that U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman agreed with Mueller’s interpretation and sought a warrant from a judge and that the judge agreed to grant one suggests that Cohen is in trouble.


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