President Trump responded in a long address to reporters from the White House to an FBI raid of the offices of his personal lawyer and longtime friend, Michael Cohen. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)
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President Trump responded Monday to the FBI raid of the home and office of his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, just hours after it was first reported.
Here's the video of the president's full statement:
Here's part of Trump's comments:
"So I just heard that they broke into the office one of my personal attorneys, good man, and it's a disgraceful situation, it's a total witch hunt, I've been saying it for a long time," the president said with Vice President Mike Pence at one side and recently appointed national security advisor John Bolton on the other.
"I've wanted to keep it down, we've given, I believe, over a million pages of documents to the special counsel," he explained. "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've got this witch hunt constantly going on for over twelve months now."
"And actually much more than that, you could say it was right after I won the nomination it started," he said. "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," he continued, "I said, that is really now in a whole new level of unfairness."
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"These are the most biased group of people," he said, "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 [former] President Obama."
"They're not looking at the other side," he explained, "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."
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"The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he recused him or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself," he said. "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."
Trump touted his administration's successes, including the routing of ISIS and the uptick in the stock market until recently.
"And the other side is where, there are crimes, those crimes are obvious," he continued. "Lies, under oath all over the place. Emails that are knocked out that are acid washed and deleted, nobody has ever seen, 33,000 emails are deleted after getting a subpoena from Congress and nobody bothers looking at that, and many many other things."
"So I just think it's a disgrace that a think like this can happen," the president concluded.
Cohen's home and office were raided by the FBI Monday, and it is being reported that they seized communications between the attorney and the president, his client and longtime friend.
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.