The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Monday and seized materials related to, among other things, his payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, The New York Times reported Monday.
According to the Times' report, Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, confirmed that federal prosecutors were given the search warrant for the raid following a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.
“Today, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients,” Ryan said in a statement. “I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
Ryan said the raid was not, however, directly related to Mueller's investigation. Instead, the Times wrote that the raid “likely resulted from information [Mueller] had uncovered and gave” to prosecutors.
Among the documents seized during the raid were records related to the $130,000 payment Cohen said he made to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in the days leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Other records taken by FBI agents include emails, tax documents, and business records.
Cohen has been a figure of controversy in the Russia investigation since the now-infamous Trump-Russia dossier claimed he may have played a role in alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
More recently, however, Cohen has made headlines for paying Daniels $130,000 as part of a hush agreement that would prevent her from speaking about an affair she claims she had with President Trump back in 2006.
The president has denied the affair and said he had no knowledge of the payment made by Cohen to Daniels.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNBC that the White House had no comment on the raid. Spokesmen for the FBI's New York field office and for Mueller also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.