The President’s attorneys called the federal searches of Cohen’s home, office, hotel room and cellphones last Monday “an operation disquieting to lawyers, clients, citizens, and commentators alike.”
The Sunday night filing places the President directly in opposition to the wishes of one of the most significant US attorney’s offices in the Justice Department. Instead, Trump backs his business colleague, who finds himself amid a months-long criminal investigation.
The filing marks the first time the President’s legal representatives have waded into an ongoing criminal matter, an unusual but not unheard-of situation for past administrations.
Trump’s newly enlisted lawyers from the firm Spears & Imes in New York,…