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

Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen was known to tape conversations with associates and store them ― and Trump's allies are now anxious the Federal Bureau of Investigation has those files after raiding Cohen's offices this week, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The interim U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman, who would ordinarily be overseeing the investigation, has been recused from involvement, leaving his top deputy, Robert Khuzami, in charge of the probe.

Attorney Michael Cohen walks down the sidewalk in New York, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

Among other items seized from Cohen were tax records, business documents, and electronic devices, according to the Times, who cited a person briefed on the search.

White House attorney Ty Cobb and White House Counsel Donald McGahn have repeatedly sought to dissuade Trump from firing Mueller and renewed their efforts after the raids, two U.S. officials familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

"And an attorney who breaks the relationship between attorney and client while facing criminal charges himself is not the most likable witness", Trusty said.

But what has many Republicans anxious is that Trump openly mused about people advising him to fire Mueller.

"I don't think there is any indication that President Trump is going to fire Mr. Mueller".

The raid infuriated the president, who said publicly it was a "disgrace" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation "broke into" his lawyer's office.

Trump got to that too, reprising his complaint that Jeff Sessions should never have recused himself from the Russian Federation probe and criticizing the attorney general's deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Mueller.

Cohen, through his lawyer and in public statements, has denied wrongdoing.

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"What they are trying to do is use attorney-client privilege as a sword to challenge the government's ability to review evidence" obtained lawfully, McKay added.

Cohen wasn't present for the hearing. But the judge who issued the warrant would have to show the records were connected to a possible crime.

The FBI agents who searched the office of Donald Trump's personal lawyer were looking for records related to Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Trump.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair. After the searches, he stepped up attacks against Mueller's probe before saying on Thursday that he was cooperating with the authorities.

In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.

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.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court. He did not disclose the reason for the court proceeding. He then followed with a suggestive tweet that "the weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy".

The raid, in which agents seized attorney Michael Cohen's records on topics including a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who alleges she had sex with Trump, left the president more angry than advisers had seen him in weeks, according to five people familiar with the president's views but not authorized to discuss them publicly.

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.

The GOP whip says lawmakers are letting the White House know that firing Mueller "would be a mistake" as Trump fumes over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's home and office.

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