Stormy Daniels cooperating with federal investigators

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Federal investigators are looking into the 2016 non-disclosure agreement she signed and the $130,000 payment from Mr. Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Michael Avenatti, Daniels' attorney, responded to the news on Twitter, saying "an enormous amount of misplaced faith has been placed" on Cohen's shoulders.

On Tuesday, Sanders said Trump believes the raid on Cohen's office went "too far", but she also said that it's a separate investigation from Mueller's probe.

Monday's events renewed concerns that Trump could try to act against Mueller, who was appointed past year by the Justice Department to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign.

The President, who spoke at the White House before meeting with senior military commanders about a potential missile strike on Syria, called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid a "disgraceful situation" and an "attack on our country, in a true sense".

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided", Cohen told CNN in a phone call, the network reported.

McDougal has said she carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 after the birth of his son.

Cohen was an early supporter of Trump's presidential ambitions, creating the 2011 committee called "Should Trump Run?" and flying to the first-caucus state of Iowa to explore the possibility. If the Southern District uncovers evidence of criminal activity on the part of Michael Cohen, that means Mueller and his team can use this as leverage against Cohen in the Russian Federation investigation.

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The search warrant carried out by the public corruption unit of the New York City federal attorney's office seeks information about Karen McDougal, an ex-Playboy model who claims she carried on a almost yearlong affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his son in 2006. That's an investigation, not a witch hunt, and as continuing revelations expose, it clearly has merit. He would have had to have very specific evidence showing that Cohen had committed a crime or crimes, and he would have to present that evidence in detail to all concerned: to Rosentstein, to the Criminal Division, to the USA attorney's office, and to the judge who ultimately issued the warrant.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal also reported that federal prosecutors in NY had asked the president's namesake company, the Trump Organization, to turn over any documents it had related to the $130,000 payment to Daniels.

A hard-charging attorney who has relentlessly kept the case in the headlines, Avenatti said "common sense dictates" that this person could only have been someone associated with Trump or the Trump Organization. The White House has denied Daniels' allegations of an affair with Trump.

If Trump tries to scupper the probe, it could set in motion a series of events that eventually threaten his presidency.

His anger continued through Tuesday morning, when he apparently referred to the special counsel investigation as a "total witch hunt". "It is wise that Mueller and Rosenstein avoided the fatal mistake of Ken Starr when he chose to expand his jurisdiction to the Monica Lewinsky matter, a tawdry subject, but not highly serious to the welfare and security of the American people", William Jeffress, a white-collar defense attorney who worked on the Valerie Plame leak case, told me.

Trump also contemplated firing Rosenstein, sources told the Times, as the newspaper described the episode as being "deeply upsetting" to White House staff, officials at the Justice Department and lawmakers from both political parties.

Business Insider on Monday reported that such a raid would have a high burden for approval, with authorities needing to convince a judge that less intrusive measures had no chance of success.

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team.