Cohen raid was legal, proper and likely justified

The reader who complained in The Baltimore Sun about the FBI raid on President Donald J. Trump’s personal attorney’s home and office being Gestapo-like is misinformed and misses key facts (“Mueller’s ‘Gestapo’ tactics on display,” April 10).

Special Counsel Mueller properly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a Trump appointee, whether the investigation of President Trump’s attorney should be referred elsewhere. Mr. Rosenstein properly agreed and sent it to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, another Trump appointee. On his own investigation, that U.S. attorney decided it appropriate to ask for a search warrant. That warrant request first went through several layers of review within President Trump’s Justice Department. After approval, the U.S. attorney showed probable cause to a federal judge that a crime had been committed and the search warrant was granted. All appropriate steps were carried out.

The actions of Mr. Trump’s attorney in paying $130,000 of his own personal funds to reach a secret settlement with Stormy Daniels days before the election is bizarre. In my 39 years of practicing law, I have never seen a lawyer pay six figures out of his own funds to protect a client. It smells like 3-day old fish. It would be legal malpractice for authorities not to determine whether any criminal laws were broken.

John B. Sinclair, Towson

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