Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Time cover shows Trump in storm after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids lawyer's office

Time cover shows Trump in storm after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids lawyer's office

A USA prosecutor has attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private.

Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, have told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them.

"I'm not anxious", Cohen said.

To obtain a search warrant like the one executed against Cohen, agents must convince a judge they have probable cause of criminal activity and believe they'll find evidence of wrongdoing in a search. In the weeks after, several women said publicly that Trump had subjected them to unwanted sexual advances.

A federal judge is ordering President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to appear next week for arguments over the government's raid on the lawyer's New York City home and office.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.

Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment. Anything seized in the raid would first be reviewed by an independent team that would ensure the material was not covered by attorney-client privilege or outside the scope of the warrant.

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President Donald Trump's personal attorney is trying to prevent the government from using materials it found in a search of his office and residence this week.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump, a person familiar with the matter has said.

It is unclear what evidence investigators are looking for, although they are evidently interested in the details surrounding the $130,000 payment that Cohen has admitted he made to pornographic actress Stephanie Clifford (better known by her stage name Stormy Daniels) and possibly payments made to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal to see whether these payment violated campaign finance laws.

Spokesman Jordan Prince said in an email late Thursday that a hearing is set for Friday morning.

A NY federal district court spokesman says there will be a hearing related to the search warrant executed this week for records belonging to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Trump reacted to the raid of Michael Cohen by calling it a "witch hunt" and "an attack to our country". He did not disclose the reason for the court proceeding.

Should the president's lawyer be charged with an offence, "that could provide substantial leverage for Mueller in trying to secure his co-operation in the Russian Federation probe", said Seth Abramson, an attorney and professor known for his popular, sometimes conspiratorial Twitter takedowns of the Trump administration.

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