Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Trump lawyers fight to keep seized Cohen files out of investigators' hands

Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation - a so-called "taint team".

Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, has argued that material seized in the raids could contain privileged information and needs to be reviewed before federal prosecutors have a chance to scrutinize it. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney representing the woman, and said he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

Daniels, dressed in a pink suit, turned heads as she made a grand entrance into the courtroom just before the start of the hearing.

Trump has been enraged by the raid on Cohen, calling it an "attack on the country".

Trump, who was in Florida on Monday, said all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen. Daniels quietly took a seat towards the back of the public gallery with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

The porn star who said she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 is slated for two shows in East Windsor in June.

Among his dealings, Cohen arranged a $1.6-million payment to secure the silence of a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant by Broidy, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. It was for the investigation that the USA attorney in NY argued they were seized. McKay stressed that the team of government lawyers who would review the seized material would be "walled off" from their colleagues, like himself, who are pursuing the criminal inquiry against Cohen.

Mr. Trump's attorneys assert that the president is the holder of privilege, and that his privilege is in jeopardy.

It suggests that Cohen took over management of the relationship with Russia after campaign chairman Paul Manafort

On April 15, Trump reiterated how all lawyers are "deflated and concerned", now that "attorney-client privilege is a thing of the past".

They said investigators seized more than a dozen electronic devices and other items including documents and data unrelated to the probable cause upon which the search warrants were based.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, which is prosecuting the case, says they would prefer to use a so-called filter team to handle the documents.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney has been ordered to be in court on Monday, and Stormy Daniels' attorney says she will be there, too.

Cohen is due to appear in federal court on Monday in connection with a raid this week on his NY office and home by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that was based in part on a referral from Mueller.

Prosecutors indicated in court filings Friday that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the USA attorney in Manhattan and that a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!'

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed business records from the Trump Organization, and his investigators may eventually interview Greenblatt and Weisselberg.

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