On Monday, during his appearance on Fox News, Andrew Napolitano, the network’s senior judicial analyst judge, explained what the FBI raid of Michael Cohen’s office and hotel means. He explained that for a judge to sign off on a raid, they had to think “that among these seized documents is evidence of crimes by Mr. Cohen or Mr. Cohen and the president.”
His explanation comes as it was revealed that the FBI raided Cohen’s office and hotel after prosecutors were given a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Napolitano started out by answering a common question he usually gets regarding whether Cohen and Trump’s communications are protected by attorney-client privilege. To which he replied that they aren’t, “if there’s a serious allegation of unlawful activity by the lawyer with the client.”
He then went on and explained that Trump is Cohen’s only client and noted that Cohen’s office being on the 26th floor of Trump Tower is not a “traditional” or “discreet” lawyer’s office.
Napolitano continued, “He works for Donald Trump the person, the Trump Organization and its various entities. And that, as far as I understand from sources, is all he works for.”
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Then the judge went on to explain that there had to be “some evidence” that was presented that was enough to persuade the judge to sign off on the warrant.
He added, “That evidence would have to be such as to persuade a neutral observer, the federal judge, that it is more likely than not that among these seized documents is evidence of crimes by Mr. Cohen or Mr. Cohen and the president.”
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