Federal prosecutors have requested records from the Trump Organization connected to a payment from President Trump‘s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.
The request is reportedly tied to the FBI raid of Cohen’s office on Monday, which resulted in the seizure of emails, tax documents and records related to his payment to Daniels. She has claimed the payment, made just before the 2016 election, was hush money to prevent her from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump in 2006.
Ryan characterized the search as “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
The Trump Organization said in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday that the company would comply with the appropriate authorities.
“We do not generally comment on such matters, but have and will continue to comply with inquiries from proper authorities,” a spokesperson said.
The Journal previously reported that an attorney for the Trump Organization was involved in the legal efforts to attempt to block Daniels from speaking out about her alleged affair with the president.
Trump on Monday slammed the raid of Cohen’s office, calling it an “attack on our country,” and appeared to muse about a potential firing of Mueller.
“We’ll see what happens. … Many people have said ‘you should fire him,’ ” Trump said. “Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”
BY JULIA MANCHESTER – 04/10/18 01:48 PM EDT