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· 拜金女(五):免费精子
· 拜金女(四):小女孩的忧伤
· 拜金女(三):丑小鸭变白天鹅
· 拜金女(二):艰难移民路
· 拜金女(一):恶名在外
· 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(五)
· 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(四)
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· 刘以栋:刘以栋的博客
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【《美国小镇故事》】
 · 拜金女(五):免费精子
 · 拜金女(四):小女孩的忧伤
 · 拜金女(三):丑小鸭变白天鹅
 · 拜金女(二):艰难移民路
 · 拜金女(一):恶名在外
 · 拯救罗伯特(四之四)
 · 奇葩的穆斯林(下)
 · 奇葩的穆斯林(上)
 · 拯救罗伯特(四之三)
 · 拯救罗伯特(四之二)
【我的中国】
 · 中国学术精英之奇葩
 · 贸易战之八:衰退之险
 · 贸易战之七:无知之祸
 · 贸易战之六:囚犯困境
 · 贸易战之五:中国之穷
 · 贸易战之四:尖峰时刻
 · 贸易战之三:显摆之过
 · 贸易战之二:投资选择
 · 贸易战之一:面对事实
 · 章莹颖悲剧与丁学良的奇葩高论
【《追风》(战争小说)】
 · 追风:第二十五章
 · 追风:第二十四章
 · 追风:第二十三章
 · 追风:第二十二章
 · 追风:第二十一章
 · 追风:第二十章
 · 追风:第十九章
 · 追风:第十八章
 · 追风:第十七章
 · 追风:第十六章
【《短篇小说》】
 · 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(五)
 · 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(四)
 · 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(三)
 · 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(二)
 · 七六年,十三岁的劳改犯(一)
 · 求婚
【《国安一号》(科幻小说)】
 · 完美的制度(结尾)
 · 釜底抽薪
 · 秉性使然
 · 竭嘶底里
 · 铿锵玫瑰
 · 人间炼狱
 · 不宣而战
 · 暗度陈仓
 · 精准打击
 · 鼹鼠出击
【相聚樱花盛开时】
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(20)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(19)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(18)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(17)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(16)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(15)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(14)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(13)
【相聚樱花盛开时】
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(12)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(11)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(10)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(9)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(8)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(7)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(5)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(4)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(3)
 · 相聚樱花盛开时(2)
【《美国生活》】
 · 人傻钱多的经典案例
 · 拥枪文化之三:卢刚事件
 · 拥枪在美国之二:生意红火
 · 拥枪在美国之一:无处不在
 · 新科诺贝尔经济学奖获奖者给你谈金
 · 教育投资的目的
 · 学美国搞地产税,抑制炒房?
 · 我们是谁?
 · 我们真的这么穷吗?
 · 从哈佛教授四美元较真开说
【《苹果观察》】
 · 乔布斯的商战
 · 投资者在歧视苹果公司吗?
 · Penney的CEO到底误读了什么?
 · 是不是苹果真的出了麻烦?
 · 大跌之后的苹果价值再评价
 · 苹果大跌之后是不是机会?
 · 苹果跌了,谁对了?
 · 科技产品新周期循环开始了?
 · 再议苹果的投资价值
 · 到了该买点苹果股票的时候了
【《面书观察》】
 · 面书会成为下一个苹果吗?
【《美国之最》】
 · 美国电影巨星你知多少
 · 2012年代价最大的新产品败笔
 · 美国单位面积销售最好的零售店
 · 美国人最讨厌的行当和机构
 · 穷人的钱也很好赚
 · 美国最舍得在广告上花钱的公司
 · 即将消失的十大品牌
 · 医院安全指数最高的十大州
 · 维稳做得最好和最差的十大国家
 · 美国犯罪率最高的十大都市
【《美国经商日志》】
 · 新闻周刊:如何寻找下一个Facebook
 · 是什么能让国家、企业长治久安?
 · 美国的商业诚信是如何打造的
 · 商业思考:亚马逊在忽悠投资者?
 · 商业思考: 奢侈品市场的投资机会
 · 商业思考:最低薪太低与快餐店连锁
 · 商业思考:美国糖果市场的佼佼者
 · 美国零售业开始了中国模式?
 · 流量最大的十大网站
 · 成者萧何败者萧何
【《解读日本》】
 · 东京人不是冷静 是麻木冷漠!
 · 日本灾难给投资者带来怎样的机会?
 · 日本地震灾难对世界经济格局的影响
 · 美国对日本到底信任几何?
 · 大地震带来日元大升值的秘密
 · 日本原来如此不堪一击
 · 灾难面前的日本人民(3)
 · 灾难面前的日本人民(2)
 · 灾难面前的日本人民(1)
【《犹太经商天才》】
 · 《犹太经商天才》: 2.生不逢时
 · 第一章:苦命的孩子(1)
【华裔的战歌】
 · 中国不应对骆家辉抱太大的幻想
 · 华裔政界之星——刘云平(2)
 · 华裔政界之星——刘云平(1)
 · 心安则身安,归不归的迷思
 · 华裔的战歌(5):谁造就了"香
 · 华裔的战歌(4):关注社会与被社会
 · 华裔的战歌(3):“全A”情结与失
 · 华裔的战歌(2):犹太裔比我们强什
 · 华裔的战歌(1) 华裔在美生存现状解
【海龟与海带话题】
 · 祖国,你够格被称为母亲吗?
 · 故乡、祖国与自作多情
 · 海龟(15):如果懦夫也能生存
 · 海龟(14):石油、中国、人民币
 · 海龟(13):付出的和获得的
 · 海龟(12):钱学森曾经想叛国吗?
 · 海龟(11):官员博士多与钱学森不
 · 海龟(10):如果幼稚能够无罪
 · 海龟(9):钱学森的尴尬
 · 海龟(8):钱学森不访美的困惑
【读书与孩子教育】
 · 药家鑫教给了我们什么?
 · 越来越多的美国人不读书了
 · 美国人为什么喜欢读书
 · 数码书革命如何影响我们的生活
 · 读书、无书读与数码电子书
【《股市投资杂谈》】
 · 谷歌十年的股价变化,验证了十年前
 · 投资的逻辑:灾难与机会
 · 股市投资的猫狗之道
 · 亚马逊建第二总部,带来机会
 · Snapchat 来了,赌一场?
 · 马云的帝王梦能走多远?
 · 投资价值分析; COH 与 KORS
 · 股市进入泡沫还是余威继续强盛
 · Home Depot的投资价值分析
 · 为什么巴菲特喜欢IBM
【杂谈】
 · 越南移民美国的三波
 · 美国少女与养猪
 · 野鹿,未见识的凶悍(下)
 · 野鹿,未见识的凶悍 (上)
 · 爱你好苦
 · 美国生活最幸福的十个州
 · 柯达为什么破产
 · 又一个机会:制造低价香烟的商机
 · 解读杰斐逊县破产案
 · 如果华尔街不吃香了
【金融危机】
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(8)∶打错的“算盘
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(7)∶零和博弈的“
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(6)∶来自股东的信
 · 读不懂的中国逻辑(1)
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(5)∶陷阱
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(4):冰山一角
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(3):恨又离不开
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(2):症结
 · 《高盛欺诈门》(1):序幕
 · 理解高盛欺诈,请先读读《危机与败
【《犹太经商天才》:目录和序言】
 · 《犹太经商天才》(连载) 003
 · 《犹太经商天才》(连载)002
 · 《犹太经商天才》(连载) 001
【《中国企业家画像》】
 · 国内经营美容院的成功秘密
 · 值得给中国的私有企业贷款吗?
 · 具有犹太商人素质的企业家?
 · 骄雄、赌徒、愚昧,还是天才的企业
 · 精明的企业家,还是唯利是图的小人
 · 中国企业家应该是什么样的
 · 中国企业家画像之一:孙汉本
 · 经营的逻辑与兰世立的“智慧”
【我的书架】
 · 今年诺奖得主的代表作《逃离》全文
 · 《乔布斯的商战》(目录)
 · 《乔布斯的商战》出版,感谢读者
 · 张五常:人民币在国际上升值会提升
 · 《博弈华尔街》,让你再一次感悟金
 · 《危机与败局》目录
 · 《危机与败局》出版发行
 · 下雪的早晨 (艾青)
 · 《奥巴马智取白宫》被选参加法兰克
 · 岳父,我为你自豪和骄傲
【地产淘金】
 · 炒房案例之一:南京
 · 外资新设房企数大增 千亿美元购商业
 · 该是投资银行股的时候了吗?
 · 中国楼市观察(1)
 · 地产淘金的最佳时机到了吗?
 · 房价突然跌一半,穷人更惨
 · 买房、租房与靠房市发财
【《战神林彪传》】
 · 《战神林彪传》第二章 (2)
 · 《战神林彪传》第二章(1)
 · 《战神林彪传》第一章(5)
 · 《战神林彪传》第一章(4)
 · 《战神林彪传》第一章(3)
 · 《战神林彪传》第一章(2)
 · 《战神林彪传》第一章(1)
【阿里巴巴与雅虎之战】
 · 福布斯:马云和他的敌人们
 · 阿里巴巴与雅虎之战(2)
 · 阿里巴巴与雅虎之战(1)
【《哈佛小子林书豪》】
 · 从林书豪身上学到的人生十课之一:
 · 《哈佛小子林书豪》之二
 · 《哈佛小子林书豪》之一
【国美大战】
 · 企业版的茉莉花革命与公司政治
 · 国美之战,不得不吸取的十条教训
 · 谁来拯救国美品牌
 · 国美股权之争:两个男人的战争
 · 现在是投资国美的最佳时机吗?
 · “刺客”邹晓春起底
 · 邹晓春:已经做好最坏的打算
 · 愚昧的陈晓与窃笑的贝恩
 · 贝恩资本的真面目(附图片)
 · 陈晓为什么“勾结”贝恩资本
【《乔布斯的故事》】
 · 苹果消息跟踪:如果苹果进入电视市
 · 乔布斯故事之十四:嬉皮士
 · 乔布斯的故事之十三 犹太商人
 · 乔布斯的故事之十二:禅心
 · 乔布斯的故事之十一:精神导师
 · 乔布斯故事之十:大学选择
 · 乔布斯的故事之九:个性的形成
 · 乔布斯的故事之八:吸食大麻
 · 乔布斯的故事之七:胆大妄为
 · 乔布斯的故事之六:贪玩的孩子
【中国美容业】
 · 国内日化品牌屡被收购 浙江本土品牌
 · 外资日化品牌再下一城 丁家宜外嫁法
 · 强生收购大宝 并购价刷新中国日化纪
 · 从两千元到一百亿的寻梦之路
【加盟店经营】
 · 转载:太平洋百货撤出北京市场 嫌租
 · Franchise Laws Protect Investors
 · Groupon拒绝谷歌收购内幕
 · GNC 到底值多少钱?
 · 杨国安对话苏宁孙为民:看不见的生
 · 张近东:苏宁帝国征战史
 · 连锁加盟店成功经营的四大要素
 · 加盟店经营管理的五大核心问题
 · 高盛抢占新地盘 10月将入股中国供销
【《乔布斯的商战》】
 · 苹果给你上的一堂价值投资课
 · 纪念硅谷之父诺伊斯八十四岁诞辰
 · 乔布斯的商战(6): 小富靠勤、中富靠
 · 乔布斯的商战(5): 搏击命运,机会
 · 乔布斯的商战(4):从巨富到赤贫
 · 乔布斯的商战(1):偶然与必然
 · 让成功追随梦想:悼念乔布斯
【《鹞鹰》(谍战小说,原创)】
 · 《鹞鹰》(谍战小说,原创)
【盛世危言】
 · 美国长期信用等级下调之后?
 · 建一流大学到底缺什么?
 · 同样是命,为什么这些孩子的就那么
 · 中国式“贫民富翁”为何难产
 · 做人,你敢这厶牛吗?
 · 言论自由与第一夫人变猴子
 · “奈斯比特现象”(下)
 · “奈斯比特现象”(上)
 · 理性从政和智慧当官
 · 中国对美五大优势
【《爱国是个啥?》】
 · 爱国(1): 爱国心是熏陶出来的
【菜园子】
 · 春天到了,你的大蒜开长了吗?(附
 · 春天到了,该种韭菜了
 · 室内种花,注意防癌
 · 我的美国菜园子(3)
 · 我的美国菜园子(2)
 · 我的美国菜园子(1)
【美国投资移民】
 · 美国投资移民议题(2)
 · 美国投资移民议题(1)
【理性人生】
 · 关于汽车保险,你不能不知的
 · 感恩之感
 · 失败男人背后站着怎样的女人(2)
 · 什么是男人的成功?
 · 失败男人背后站着怎样的女人(1)
 · 转载:巴菲特的财富观
 · 痛悼79年湖北高考理科状元蒋国兵
【《格林伯格传》】
 · 114亿人民币的损失该怪谁
 · 基于避孕套的哲理
 · 成功投资八大要领
 · 企业制度的失败是危机的根源
 · 斯皮策买春,错在哪?
【《奥巴马大传》】
 · 一日省
 · 追逐我的企盼
 · 保持积极乐观的生活态度
 · 陌生的微笑
 · 奥巴马营销角度谈心理
 · 神奇小子奥巴马
 · 相信奇迹、拥抱奇迹、创造奇迹
 · 什么样的人最可爱:献给我心中的“
 · 希拉里和奥巴马将帅谈
 · 是你教会了别人怎样对待你
【参考文章】
 · 美国最省油的八种汽车
 · 美国房市最糟糕的十大州
 · 美国历史上最富有的十位总统
 · 世界十大债务大国
 · 新鲜事:巴菲特投资IBM
 · 星巴克的五美元帮助产生就业机会计
 · 转载: 苹果前CEO:驱逐乔布斯非我
 · 华尔街日报:软件将吃掉整个世界?
 · 林靖东: 惠普与乔布斯的“后PC时代
 · 德国是如何成为欧洲的中国的
【开博的领悟】
 · 打造强国需要不同声音
 · 开博十天的领悟和发现
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贸易战之七:无知之祸
   

有党的高官将中美关系美滋滋的描述为夫妻,矛盾归结为同床异梦,而且还是老夫妻之间的那种来自各自的固执己见。在美国生活的若干华裔高知,也乐颠颠的使用类似的词汇,老年夫妻什么的,只是没有说,是不是需要再来点威哥助助威。

无论从哪个角度,我怎么听、读都觉得恶心呢?为的是这些中国人的心态,这些华裔的思考逻辑上的愚昧,还是党的高级官员见识的短浅。亦有对中国人传统性的一厢情愿,他们内心深处的自卑带来的哀求,总希望通过套套廉价的近乎,来获得点苟延残喘的生存机会。

我记住的,是一日夫妻百日恩;知道的,是夫妻之间至少曾经有过一段相互恩爱和肌肤之亲;看到的,是夫妻为了共同孩子的美好未来,都有毫不犹豫的自我牺牲和无私奉献。

而在中美关系之中,我看不到一样。我能够看到的是群狼共舞。

如果要细深纠缠,中美之间倒有几分让人感觉悲哀的童养媳和大老爷们的关系,至少美国人想这样处理和维持。中国就是那个任劳任怨,待遇低还老不受待见的童养媳,美国就是那个耍大男人臭脾气,享尽荣华富贵却身在福中不知福的老爷。如此比较下来,是不是更觉得别扭,很丢身份和自我尊严?如果非得将中美之间用男女间的关系来类比,我看,充其量就是爷们和妓女的,连爷们和小三的都谈不上。

国家之间没有友情,只有利益!如果一个国家的政府领会不到这点,只能说,她的领导者获得了太多不应该拥有的独权,不合理的占位时间太久,以至于忘了国家到底是谁的,他所代表的到底是谁的利益。忘记了身后无数没有发言权的苦逼民众的利益和诉求。

看看这段时间美国总统的所作所为和所收获的待遇,再看看中国政府高官那些类似于“夫妻同床异梦”之类缺乏知识、智慧的言论,估计对国人理解中国政治结构的内在问题有点帮助。中国普通民众会不会很羡慕、景仰?中国政府是不是该好好思过,想想政治制度上的改革和突破?

川普得意洋洋,有股小人得志的张狂:坐在的位置可是世界第一强国的最高权力宝座。他好想与众不同的,认真的,享受一下这个宝座带来的权力,特别是那种至高无上的感觉。于是乎,他做了在昔日总统看来想都不会想的大事:见谁不顺眼就炒了;见哪个国家不顺眼就叫着要用贸易战大棒敲打敲打。结果呢?他的幕僚们倒是只好一个个的卷铺盖搬离白宫,虽然离开很可能意味着是好事而非坏事。而他想用大棒敲打的国家对手,却似乎远没有他欺凌的内阁们听话好对付。

不仅如此,高调的叫了几声,不久才“惊讶”的发现,内外交困的是自己这个孤家寡人,结果很可能是无法收拾,最终既丢底子又掉面子。现在只是后院开始战火燃烧:短期看,他的私人律师被FBI抄了家(这在中国是不是不可想象?),而作为总统的他,只能气愤的叫嚣是对国家的攻击,磨磨嘴皮。他跑到正怨声载道的豆农那里,很弱智和自欺欺人的说,不要怕来自中国的压力,最坏的情况,只当你们是在为国家做出牺牲,我会想办法补偿你们的。他以为这些农民都是小孩子,哄了一次还会再有一次让自己耍的机会。

长远看,对内,他乐颠颠的大幅度砍税,意在通过制造一个更快速的经济发展来弥补损失的联邦收入,填补越来越大的赤子缺口,以为当年里根的成功经历可以再造。他似乎还是没有看到时代已经变化太大:他已经没有当年里根面对的那个良好的大环境。不出几年,他就会发现,由于他的任性,美国累积的问题变的越来越难处理。他将成为美国历史上最差的总统,很可能还没有之一!

川普先生,别再制造更多的笑话了。言多必失,深思熟虑再出手吧,这是对你好!


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Deficit to top $1 trillion per year by 2020, CBO says

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) returns to his office. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

By Jeff Stein April 9

America’s deficit is rising sharply and will surpass $1 trillion per year by 2020, a gap that has grown since Congress cut taxes and increased spending, the Congressional Budget Office reported Monday.

The federal deficit — the gap between how much the government takes in and how much it spends — will hit $804 billion in fiscal 2018, up 21 percent from 2017, the CBO said.

“The federal budget deficit grows substantially over the next several years,” CBO Budget Director Keith Hall said Wednesday after his agency released the report. “Federal debt is projected to be on a steadily rising trajectory throughout the decade.”

The tax law that President Trump and congressional Republicans passed in December will cut government revenue by $1.3 trillion from 2018 to 2028, the CBO reported. When the costs of paying interest on that debt are included, the tax cuts’ total addition to the deficit comes to $1.9 trillion, the CBO said.

During debate on the bill, Republican leaders predicted that their proposal would spark massive economic growth that would limit — or even eliminate — additions to the deficit. But the CBO projected Monday that the bill would boost economic growth 0.7 percent over a decade — not enough to keep it from adding to the deficit.

Members of both parties further added to the deficit in March when they increased military and domestic spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years.

 The White House's spending priorities for 2018 renege on President Trump's promises to lower the deficit and keep Medicare and Medicaid spending without cuts.(Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The CBO reported that from 2021 to 2028, deficits will average 4.9 percent of the total American economy — higher than at any point since World War II other than during the recession in 2008 and 2009.

Annual deficits topped $1 trillion from 2009 to 2012, because of greater spending on social safety net programs and economic stimulus, as well as slumping tax receipts as the economy cratered. But the current deficit increases come amid steady economic growth and low unemployment, a time when many economists recommend paying down the deficit.

“The timing of this is really concerning because we’re not coming out of a recession,” Hall said Monday.

The ballooning deficits reflect a growing gap between the level of military services and social spending the government is promising and how much it’s willing to tax Americans to pay for them. The current national debt, including projected future spending on social programs, totals more than $20 trillion.

“We’ve had a big tax cut and a big spending increase, and they’re showing up here,” said Benjamin Page, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank.

Republicans and Democrats alike bemoaned the growing deficits Monday but offered opposing suggestions for how to deal with it.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) blamed the new tax law.

“The CBO’s latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself,” Schumer said in a statement Monday. “From day one, the Republican agenda has always been to balloon the deficit in order to dole out massive tax breaks to the largest corporations and wealthiest Americans, and then use the deficit as an excuse to cut Social Security and Medicare.”

Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said the tax bill had helped stimulate growth, but that reining in the deficit would require slowing down increasing spending on social programs.

“To address our federal debt, we must slow the growth of entitlement spending, increase revenues with a growing economy, and make responsible spending cuts,” Lankford said in a statement. “The economy is improving, with the help of tax reform, but we now must get serious about spending reform and cuts.”

House Republicans are also expected to vote this week on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution, which would force federal revenue and spending to balance. That plan is widely viewed as a symbolic measure with little chance of passing Congress or winning the necessary ratification from the states.

Ultimately, neither party appears to have a deficit-reduction proposal that could get enough support from the other to pass.

If Congress continues to let deficits balloon, it faces several long-term risks. Deficits can snowball, as larger deficits require larger interest payments, pushing the government to borrow more and more money to close the gap.

The government has been able to finance its debt relatively cheaply because of a decade of historically low interest rates since the recession. But now the Federal Reserve is raising rates, meaning the government’s borrowing costs are projected to increase.

And as the government borrows more, it risks crowding out private investment that would have stimulated more economic growth, the CBO warned.

There is a nightmare scenario in which borrowers lose faith in the country’s ability to pay back its debts, demanding higher interest rates on their loans and setting off a spiral of larger deficits and still-higher rates.

“The bigger the debt, the bigger the chance of a fiscal crisis,” Hall said Monday. “The longer you wait, the more draconian the measures have to be to fix the problem.”

Still, some economists are skeptical of the peril posed by deficits, noting that during the Obama administration many deficit hawks warned of a fiscal crisis that has so far failed to materialize. Deficit hawks also predicted runaway inflation, but the growth in prices has been muted thus far.

“It’s all hand-waving and conjecture: There’s no grounding in valid economic principles that this is a debt crisis,” said Stephanie Kelton, a left-leaning economics and public policy professor at Stony Brook University and a former economic adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “It’s just conjecture.”

America last ran annual budget surpluses from 1998 to 2001, amid healthy growth in the economy at the end of President Bill Clinton’s administration. Those surpluses turned to deficits after tax cuts under President George W. Bush, as well as sharp increases in military spending for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

Trump blasts FBI raids on his lawyer as 'disgraceful situation'

By JOSH GERSTEIN  04/09/2018 05:13 PM EDT

 

President Donald Trump reacted angrily Monday after the FBI seized records from his longtime personal attorney, calling the law enforcement actions "disgraceful" and part of "an attack on our country."

An attorney for Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, said earlier Monday that federal investigators had executed a series of search warrants and seized records. The attorney, Stephen Ryan, said the New York action was taken following a "referral" from special counsel Robert Mueller.

"I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys, a good man," Trump told reporters at the White House. "It's a disgraceful situation...I've been saying it for a long time. I have this witch hunt constantly going on.”

"It's an attack on our country," Trump said. "It's an attack on what we all stand for."

The FBI action Monday came amid a swirl of questions about Cohen's role in a variety of matters related to Trump, including a pre-election payment of $130,000 to an adult film star who claimed to have had an affair with the real estate mogul a decade earlier. Cohen's activities have also come under scrutiny by congressional investigators probing alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The full range of locations the FBI raided Monday looking for Cohen's records was not immediately clear. Press reports said Cohen's Rockefeller Center law office was raided, as well as his Park Avenue apartment. Vanity Fair reported that agents entered a hotel room Cohen had been using at the Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan.

In addition, a Washington law firm Cohen had been working with until recently — Squire Patton Boggs — told POLITICO that relationship has ended. Investigators also contacted the firm about a search warrant for Cohen's records, the firm confirmed.

"The firm’s arrangement with Mr. Cohen recently reached its conclusion, mutually and in accordance with the terms of the agreement," a statement from the firm said. "We have been in contact with Federal authorities regarding their execution of a warrant relating to Mr. Cohen. These activities do not relate to the firm and we are in full cooperation.”

In his statement, Cohen's attorney faulted the use of search warrants to seize attorney records — an unusual tactic because of the danger of intrusion on material protected by attorney-client privilege.


 
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