President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out on Twitter after Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano defended the legality of the raid of Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
During an interview on Trump's favorite morning show, Fox & Friends, Napolitano noted that the U.S. Attorney behind the raid had been appointed by Trump.
"Mueller's people stumbled onto proof of evidence of bank fraud on the part of Michael Cohen and they said, 'Look, A, This is in New York and our team is in D.C.; B, we are not really interested in bank fraud with the president's lawyer. You take a look at it.'"
According to Napolitano, the U.S. Attorney found enough evidence of fraud to convince a judge to issue a search warrant.
"They can look at [privileged] documents, but they can't use it," Napolitano said of Cohen's attorney-client privilege with Trump. "They can only use in a courtroom or in a prosecution what they were looking for."
The former judge speculated that Cohen had committed "bank fraud" when he paid adult film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
"If he had to tell the bank what he was using [the money] for and he misled the bank, that's a problem," Napolitano said. "If they indict him for bank fraud, they are going to try and squeeze him about what he knows about Russian collusion, which is their M.O."
Napolitano reminded the hosts of Fox & Friends that "it's unethical for a lawyer to pay a client's bills."
Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy blamed the raid on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal.
"If Jeff Sessions resigned today or tomorrow and decided he feels the pressure and he needs step down," co-host Ainsley Earhardt pondered, "if the president appoints someone else to take his place, would he or she take over the investigation?"
Napolitano answered in the affirmative: "There might not be a need for a Bob Mueller."
As the segment was about to conclude, Trump seemed to respond on Twitter by attacking Mueller's investigation and the raid on Cohen.
Attorney–client privilege is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1523358478.0
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