Trump: ‘Attorney-Client Privilege Is Dead!'

By Susan Jones | April 10, 2018 | 5:54 AM EDT

President Trump condemns the FBI raid on the office of his personal attorney. (Photo: Screen grab/C-SPAN)

( – In two tweets early Tuesday morning, President Trump wrote: "Attorney–client privilege is dead!" "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!"

He was talking about the raid on the offices and residences of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

During a meeting with his top military officials to discuss the situation in Syria, Trump clearly had other things on his mind.

“So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man, and it's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch-hunt,” Trump said, after the FBI – acting on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller – did a no-knock raid on attorney Michael Cohen’s office and residence on Monday, reportedly seizing bank records and information protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trump on Monday said the attempt to discredit him in any way possible is distracting from the nation’s serious business:

“We've given, I believe, over a million pages worth of documents to the Special Counsel. They continue to just go forward, and here we are talking about Syria. We're talking about a lot of serious things, with the greatest fighting force ever, and I have this witch-hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now, and actually much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination it started.


“And it's a disgrace. It's, frankly, a real disgrace. It's an attack on our country in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for. So when I saw this and when I heard it, I heard it like you did, I said, that is really now in a whole new level of unfairness.”

Here’s the rest of Trump's response:

So this has been going on. I saw one of the reporters who is not necessarily a fan of mine, not necessarily very good to me -- he said, in effect, that this is ridiculous; this is now getting ridiculous. They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia. The reason they found it, is there was no collusion at all. No collusion.

This is the most biased group of people. These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I've ever seen. Democrats all -- or just about all, either Democrats or a couple of Republicans that worked for President Obama. They're not looking at the other side. They're not looking at the Hillary Clinton horrible things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed. They're not looking at all of the things that happened, that everybody is very angry about, I can tell you, from the Republican side, and I think even the independent side. They only keep looking at us.

So they find no collusion, and then they go from there, and they say, well, let's keep going, and they raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning, and I think it's a disgrace. So we'll be talking about it more.

But this is the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen. The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this, and when he recused himself, or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have used a -- put a different attorney general in. So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country, but you'll figure that out.

All I can say is after looking for a long period of time, and (ph) even before the special counsel, because it really started just about from the time I won the nomination, and you look at what took place and what happened, and it's a disgrace. It's a disgrace.

I've been president now for what seems like a lengthy period of time. We've done a fantastic job. We've beaten ISIS. We have just about 100 percent of the caliphate or the land. Our economy is incredible. The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise of, you know, this nonsense that's going on. It dropped a lot. It was up -- way up -- and then it dropped quite a bit at the end, a lot.

But that we have to go through that, we've had that hanging over us now from the very, very beginning, and yet the other side, they don't even bother looking. And the other side is where there are crimes, and those crimes are obvious -- lies under oath all over the place, e-mails that are knocked out, that are acid washed and deleted, nobody's ever seen; 33,000 e-mails are deleted after getting a subpoena for Congress, and nobody bothers looking at that, and many, many other things. So I just think it's a disgrace that a thing like this can happen.

With all of that being said, we are here to discuss Syria tonight…

Fire Mueller? 'We'll see'

Before ushering reporters out of the room, one of them asked President Trump about firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller:

"Why don't I just fire Mueller?" Trump repeated. "Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on. We'll see what happens. But I think it's really a sad situation, when you look at what happened. And many people have said, you should fire him. Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that's a big statement.

"If you know the person in charge of the investigation, you know about that, Deputy Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein, he wrote the letter very critical of Comey. One of the things they said, I fired Comey. Well, I turned out to do the right, thing because you look at all of the things that he's done, and the lies, and you look at what's gone on at the FBI with the insurance policy and all of the things that happened, turned out I did the right thing.

"But he signed, as you know, he (Rosenstein)  also signed the FISA warrant. So Rod Rosenstein, who's in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant, and he also -- he also signed a letter that was essentially saying to fire James Comey, and he was right about that. He was absolutely right.

"So we'll see what happens. I think it's disgraceful, and so do a lot of other people. This is a pure and simple witch-hunt."

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