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Rosenstein signed off on FBI raid of Trump lawyer: report

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations MORE reportedly personally approved the FBI raid Monday of President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The New York Times reported that Rosenstein signed off on the raid, in which the FBI seized emails, tax documents and records, some of them related to Cohen's payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

FBI officials raided Cohen's office in Manhattan, along with his residence and a hotel room.

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Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, said in a statement Monday that federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant after receiving a referral "in part" from special counsel Robert Mueller. Ryan called the search "completely inappropriate and unnecessary."

Cohen is being investigated for possible tax fraud and bank fraud as well as campaign finance violations, according to The Washington Post

The raid enraged Trump, who on Tuesday condemned the move as a "disgrace" and a "pure and simple witch hunt."

“It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for,” Trump said at the White House.

The fiery comments immediately sparked speculation that the FBI raid on Cohen’s office could lead Trump to take steps to try and fire Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“We’ll see what happens. … Many people have said ‘you should fire [Mueller],’” Trump said. “Again, they found nothing and in finding nothing, that’s a big statement.”

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Trump's advisers are urging him to avoid making an impulsive decision in response to the raid, according to the Times report.

If Trump were trying to get rid of Mueller, he would need a sign off from Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller and oversees the special counsel's office because of Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - After high-stakes Biden-Putin summit, what now? Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos Garland strikes down Trump-era asylum decisions MORE's decision to recuse himself.

The president reportedly sought to fire Mueller last year, but the White House counsel refused to carry out the order.

The president has repeatedly voiced frustration with both Sessions and Rosenstein. 

- Updated at 12:17 p.m.