Naturally, in response to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of the office and home of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, President Trump went into high dudgeon, characterizing it as a "disgraceful situation" and "an attack on our country".
Trump's language points to another vexing issue that has erupted from the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's hotel room, which is that it places a target on Mueller's back.
Trump on Monday called the unprecedented raid "an attack on our country" and tweeted later that "attorney-client privilege is dead". He said the president could "assert" his rights as Cohen's client and "go into court and seek to demand returned every bit of information that is arguably lawyer-client privilege before anybody has a chance to read anything".
The request indicates that prosecutors may have an interest in specific financial transactions that Cohen undertook while using his taxi business as collateral. All the while, Mueller and his investigators have spent hours questioning White House officials about whether the president had sought to obstruct justice. "If somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit", Mr. Cohen told ABC News in 2011.
"Absent a search warrant, these records could have been deleted without record, and without recourse", prosecutors wrote.
Monday's raid on Cohen's office, home and hotel room steps up the pressure on Trump, whose troubles have evolved from political obstacles he could swat away to potentially serious legal problems that could imperil his presidency.
Mueller, the Democratic Party and the anti-Trump factions in the ruling class and state with which they are allied, as well as Trump himself, know very well that this material will include ample evidence of illegal activity by the billionaire real estate speculator and reality TV personality. McDougal has said she had a longer affair with him. "This is of most concern to him".
"This guy, I think, has been put in a position where he is going to be - he is going to be expected to be the fall guy, the scapegoat", Avenatti told MSNBC on Monday. "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third". In order for the privilege to apply, the communication has to be for the goal of securing legal advice between a client and another persona acting in his capacity as his attorney.
Cohen's lawyers, Todd Harrison and Joseph Evans, rejected that argument in a legal memo.
The Access Hollywood tape became public a month before the election.
Cohen wasn't present for the hearing. But the judge who issued the warrant would have to show the records were connected to a possible crime. The raid of his office was overseen by the US attorney's office in Manhattan and based in part on a referral from Mueller. On April 9, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Michael Cohen's office.
US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, a Justice Department spokesman says. "And I thanked them at the conclusion", Cohen explained.
Daniels, who initially refused a sexual relationship with the president, who is now trying depositions from both Trump and Cohen. The Enquirer's publisher, American Media Inc., paid McDougal $150,000 but never published her story.
Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal.