Why Robert Mueller Handed Off the Michael Cohen Raid


Jed Shugerman wrote an op-ed in Slate about the recent FBI raid on the office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

The FBI raided Michael Cohen’s office and hotel room on Monday, and what we know about who did the raid is just as important as the information we have on why they did it.

The raid was by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and not directly by Robert Mueller’s special counsel’s office. Mueller’s team referred the case to the U.S. attorney, but the U.S. attorney sought the search warrant and received it only after establishing probable cause. In searches of such high-profile and sensitive subjects, U.S. attorneys usually need approval higher up in the Department of Justice.

Why might this U.S. attorney’s office have been involved?

What else might this move tell us about Robert Mueller’s thinking?

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