Prosecutors: No criminal charges expected from Giuliani raid on Trump’s Ukraine dealings
A lawyer for President Trump said he doesn’t expect any criminal charges against his boss after the raid on his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, by Rudy Giuliani’s private security team.
In a statement Tuesday, Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, said Cohen is not currently under investigation by authorities, but that officials are continuing their investigation into other matters that may form the basis of a possible charge.
He said, “To date, no one associated with the President has been arrested or charged with a crime. As a result, there is no investigation of the President by any law enforcement authority, including the Office of the Special Counsel.”
That was a reference to the Justice Department’s inquiry into possible ties between officials associated with President Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia’s 2016 election meddling.
But Davis added, “I don’t expect any of this will impact the investigation at the Special Counsel into the president’s collusion with the Russians.”
Davis said Cohen “is doing a great job, and at the end of the day, this is a personal matter and I have no further comment.”
The raid on Cohen came just weeks after Giuliani met with Trump at the White House to discuss “investigations,” according to White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.
He was already in an investigation by the special counsel, who is now running the Russia hoax.
The president even boasted about the raid — despite the legal advice from his own lawyer: “I can speak for Michael and myself when we tell you that we did nothing wrong,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
But Giuliani insists the raid was justified, a claim Cohen disputes on the record.
“Rudy made an extortionate demand that Mr. Cohen provide the information about his business dealings in Ukraine and that Mr. Cohen engage in a criminal act rather than provide the information. Mr. Cohen refused that demand,” Davis said in his statement Tuesday.
“Mr. Davis and Mr. Cohen have agreed not to comment beyond this statement, and I have no further comment.”
Giuliani’s raid of Cohen’s home, office and hotel room