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Here's Why the FBI Raided Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen's Offices

The agents were reportedly looking for information relating to hush money around one of the presidents alleged affairs.

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and long-time fixer Michael Cohen may prove to be more trouble than any of the problems he's ever fixed for his clients.

That became stunningly evident Monday when multiple outlets reported that the FBI raided Cohen's office, looking for records about the porn star who was paid hush money to keep quiet about an affair with Trump, as well as other documents.

What the FBI Wanted to Find

According to the Washington Post, the investigators were looking for evidence related to "bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations." The hush payment to Stephanie Clifford, the adult film actor and director who goes by the name Stormy Daniels, could potentially be one such campaign finance violation. 

Though the agents were directed by the office of U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman, Cohen's lawyer said that special counsel Robert Mueller sent a referral that helped justify the search.

This suggests that the case Berman is investigating may be unrelated to Mueller's investigation of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, though the U.S. attorney may end up sharing any relevant evidence with the special counsel.

How the Raid Relates to Trump

The search acquired records of communications between Trump and Cohen, according to the New York Times.

Since such discussions are usually covered by attorney-client privilege, investigators likely had strong reason to believe this case should be an exception.

Trump unloaded on national TV about the raid, calling it a "disgraceful situation" and "an attack on our country." The overblown and self-serving response suggests that the president may be truly frightened of what the FBI found.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.