Attorney Alan Dershowitz called an FBI raid on the office of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, "a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations" in an interview on Fox News on Monday night.
"This may be an attempt to squeeze Cohen," Dershowitz, who is also an opinion contributor for The Hill, told host Sean Hannity. "He's the lawyer, he's the guy who knows all the facts about Donald Trump, and to get him to turn against his client."
"This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations," he added.
The FBI raided Cohen's office on Monday, seizing emails, tax documents and records related to his $130,000 payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
In order to conduct the raid, the FBI needed to get approval from a judge and, likely, higher-ups in the Justice Department. While attorney–client privilege generally protects communications between a lawyer and a client, law enforcement is allowed to pierce the privilege if the communications are used to further a crime.
"I tell [clients] on my word of honor that what you tell me is sacrosanct," Dershowitz added later. "And now they say, just based on probable cause ... they can burst into the office, grab all the computers, and then give it to another FBI agent and say, 'You're the firewall. We want you now to read all these confidential communications, tell us which ones we can get and which ones we can't get.'"
"If this were Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonAttorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation Durham seeking indictment of lawyer with ties to Democrats: reports MORE being investigated and they went into her lawyer's office, the [American Civil Liberties Union] would be on every television station in America, jumping up and down," he said.
According to a Monday New York Times report, the raid does not appear to be directly connected to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s probe of possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russians during the 2016 election.
The president took to Twitter on Tuesday to echo Dershowitz's perspective.
"Attorney–client privilege is dead!" he wrote to his 50.2 million followers.
Attorney–client privilege is dead!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2018
“It’s a real disgrace,” Trump said to reporters at the White House on Monday afternoon after news of the raid broke. "It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”
“We’ll see what happens. … Many people have said, ‘You should fire him,’ ” the president added when asked if he was considering firing Mueller.