Trump lets loose after offices of his attorney raided

President Donald Trump condemned as "disgraceful" an FBI raid on the office and hotel room of his longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, who paid $130,000 to an adult-film actress and who has been a key figure in the US investigation into Russian election meddling.

Trump appeared to directly float the idea of firing special counsel Robert Mueller at the start of his military leadership meeting on Monday, calling the special counsel's investigation a "disgrace" and defending his firing of former FBI Director James Comey as the "right thing" to do.

"Why don't you just fire Mueller?", a reporter asked at the end of Trump's lengthy rant. The Times reported that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, personally solicited the payment from Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk.

"I think it's very likely that they will be looking at the source of that money paid to Stormy Daniels, and any other women", said Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor in NY. We'll see what happens, but I think it's really a sad situation ...

Trump blasted the Mueller team as "the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen", labeling a lot of them Democrats and saying the few Republicans had worked for President Barack Obama.

Agents are believed to be looking into a $130,000 payment that attorney Michael Cohen allegedly made just before the election to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Cohen has extra not too long ago attracted consideration for his acknowledgment that he paid Daniels $130,000 out of his personal pocket simply days earlier than the 2016 presidential election.

The news comes after Trump on Monday dismissed Mueller's investigation as "disgraceful", a "witch hunt" and "an attack on our country".

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Trump's tough talk again is fueling rumors that he is going to fire special counsel Robert Mueller - something he's previously pledged not to do.

They spent several hours in the room, and the raid resulted in an "unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients", Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said.

Under Justice Department regulations, Trump cannot directly fire Mueller, but could order Rosenstein or his successor to remove the special counsel.

As for today's raid on Cohen's office, it is "a whole new level of unfairness".

The raid was conducted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based at least in part on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. The Times said documents related to the payment were subpoenaed from the Trump Organization in March.

Hannity also followed up on Trump's latest Jeff Sessions criticisms by laying the blame for Mueller on Rod Rosenstein. The totally unnecessary and Gestapo-like raid on Trump's private attorney's office has put Mueller on a tee. Of course, since Hannity slams Hillary Clinton on a regular basis, Trump's comments gave the Fox host a prime opportunity to bemoan the "massive double standard" of the justice system. Mueller's investigators have also been inquiring about money coming in from the United Arab Emirates.

Aides and outside allies described Trump as shaken and increasingly frustrated by the development, and they said his reaction had sparked discussion about whether the raid would usher an unpredictable new phase in how the president responds to the probe.

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  • Adam Floyd