President Donald Trump slammed the FBI's raid on the office and hotel room of personal lawyer Michael Cohen as a "disgraceful situation" and an "attack on our country."
"It's a total witch-hunt," Trump told reporters.
"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, I said that is really now in a whole new level of unfairness."
The FBI on Monday afternoon seized records from Cohen's office and hotel room in New York, including, in part, documents related to a $130,000 payment Cohen arranged to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the election.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained the search warrant after Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a referral. Mueller is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump's campaign team and the Russian government as part of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Below is the president's full reaction:
"Just heard they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man. It's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch hunt. I've wanted to keep it down. We've given I believe over a million pages worth of documents to the special counsel. They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria. We are talking about a lot of serious things with the greatest fighting force ever, and I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now.
"And actually much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination it started. 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, I said that is really now a whole new level of unfairness.
"So, this has been going on. I saw one of the reporters who was not necessarily a fan of mine, not necessarily very good to me. He said in effect 'this is ridiculous.' This is now getting ridiculous. They have found no collusion whatsoever with Russia. The reason they found it was there was no collusion at all. No collusion. This is the most biased group of people. 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 who worked for president Obama. They are not looking at the other side. They are not looking at the Hillary Clinton horrible things she did and all 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. Even the Independent side. They only keep looking at us. They find no collusion, and then they go from there and they say 'well, let's keep going.' They raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning. And I think it's a disgrace. We will be talking about it more.
"But this is the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen. The attorney general made a terrible mistake when he did this and when he recused himself. Or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and would have used, put a different attorney general in.
"So, he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. But you'll figure that out. All I can say is after looking for a long period of time, even before the special counsel, because it really started just about from the time I won the nomination. You look at what took place and what happened, and it's a disgrace. It's a disgrace.
"I've been president now for what seems like a lengthy period of time. We have done a fantastic job. We've beaten ISIS. We have about 100 percent of the caliphate or the land. Our economy is incredible. The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise of this that's nonsense going on. It dropped a lot. It was way up and then it dropped quite a bit. A lot.
"But that we have to go through that – we have had that hanging over us now from the very, very beginning. Yet, the other side doesn't even bother looking. The other side is where there are crimes. And those crimes are obvious. 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. Many, many other things.
"I just think it's a disgrace that a thing like this can happen."
In response to a shouted question, Trump said:
"Why don't I just fire Mueller? Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on. We will see what happens. I think it's a sad situation when you look at what happened. And many people have said should you fire him. Again, they found nothing. In finding nothing, it's a big statement if you know the person who's in charge of the investigation, you know all about that."
On Rod Rosenstein, Trump said: "He wrote the letter very critical of Comey. I fired Comey. I turned out to do the right thing. You look at the things he's done, at the lies and a look at what's going on at the FBI with the insurance policy and all of the things that happened. Turned out I did the right thing. But he signed, as you know, he also signed the FISA warrant.
"So, Rod Rosenstein, who is in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant and he also, he also signed a letter that was essentially saying to fire James Comey. And he was right about that. He was absolutely right. So, we'll see what happens. I think it's a disgraceful and so do a lot of other people. This is a pure and simple witch hunt."
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