The FBI raided the office of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Monday and seized records there, according to the New York Times.
The records taken by the federal bureau include those related to payments made to a pornographic actress known as Stormy Daniels.
Special counsel Robert Mueller issued a referral, and federal prosecutors in New York City then obtained a search warrant, according to the Times.
Cohen’s lawyer, Stephan Ryan, said the raid is “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
The Times reported, “The search does not appear to be directly related to Mr. Mueller’s investigation, but likely resulted from information he had uncovered and gave to prosecutors in New York.”
Ryan told the paper: “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,