US President Donald Trump has slammed the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen as a “total witch hunt” and a “disgrace”.
He said the raid was distracting from other more “serious things” facing the country.
But what could be more serious for the US than the prospect of a criminal investigation, instigated by special counsel Robert Mueller, into a $US130,000 ($168,332) payment made days before the 2016 presidential election to silence a porn actress who allegedly had an affair with Mr Trump — a payment that arguably influenced the election result?
Whether Mr Trump likes it or not, this new probe — while ostensibly about the tax and business affairs of Mr Cohen — threatens to shine a legal spotlight on his own personal affairs, and any role his attorney played in keeping those affairs secret.
Trump’s fix-it guy caught in the web
Mr Cohen has referred to himself as Mr Trump’s “fix-it guy” — a role that has apparently included anything from having an engine repaired on Mr Trump’s plane to representing his interests in a dispute with residents.