Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"

Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's

A lawyer for President Donald Trump sought in court on Friday to stop US prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal attorney can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Agents, they wrote, had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen after securing an earlier search warrant.

"It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his client", Mr Ryan said.

The FBI also reportedly seized a slew of other materials in the Cohen raid, including material from his cellphones, tablet, laptop, and a safe deposit box, reports the New York Times.

Michael Cohen, President Trump's embattled personal attorney, denied a report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his Manhattan office and residence yielded evidence that could confirm a key point of the controversial dossier about alleged Trump ties to Russian Federation.

"He is the president of the United States", she said.

Attorneys for Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer and confidant, sought the restraining order in hopes of getting the "first crack" at documents culled from their client's Rockefeller Center law office and hotel room.

It is unclear whether Mr Cohen recorded his conversations with Mr Trump, but according to sources the lawyer would made a habit of taping political conversations. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.

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Ordinarily, documents or communications seized from a lawyer by FBI agents would be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers not directly involved in the investigation to determine which documents were relevant to the probe, and which should be off-limits to investigators because of attorney-client privilege.

Federal prosecutors argued the government's "taint team" could make the determination on what items would pass muster.

Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of raiding Cohen's residence and home rather than requesting records by subpoena because what they had learned led them to distrust he'd turn over what they had asked for.

Manhattan Federal Judge Kimba Wood indicated she was inclined to rule in favor of a delay based on Hendon's application to the court.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.

The raids enraged Trump, who called them an "attack on the country".

McDougal was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story, which it never published.

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