President's lawyer under investigation

President's lawyer under investigation

President's lawyer under investigation

A US prosecutor on Friday assaulted an claim by President donald-trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that a number of the materials seized this week in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's business office and dwelling as part of an offender evaluation should remain personal.

The FBI raided Cohen's NY office and hotel room on Monday seeking, among a number of things, information regarding the role he may have had in attempting to suppress information about the alleged affairs.

Monday's raids included a search for communications related to efforts to suppress negative information ahead of the election, including communications that Trump had with Cohen regarding the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape that captured Trump making lewd remarks about women that surfaced a month before the election, CNN reported this week.

The government's motion also reveals prosecutors searched a safety deposit box used by Cohen - carrying out the searches in part because they feared evidence might be destroyed if they had simply served him with a subpoena.

"It's kind of like when you're boyfriend breaks up with you and then you put pictures on Instagram looking really happy, having champagne", Kirsten Powers joked.

Tom McKay, a federal prosecutor, stressed that the president does not deserve special treatment, and that his interest in attorney-client privilege was "no different" from anyone else's. "He is the president of the United States", she emphasized at one point.

The New York Times reported Friday that some of the president's aides have been hesitant to discuss a potential response to the Cohen investigation in New York out of concern that they could be swept up into the probe.

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

Investigators can examine attorney-client work that falls within the purview of the Cohen criminal probe, but a separate Justice Department review is typically required in order to protect attorney-client privilege. But it is hard to extract Cohen from his work for Trump.

The afternoon portion of the hearing came after a hectic morning before Wood.

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the footnote argues, citing a story by CNN's Kevin Liptak.

Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, stands with his attorney Stephen Ryan on September 19, 2017, after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which they were to appear was canceled.

Herndon, Trump's lawyer, said that after the process is resolved, the ultimate outcome on what documents are deemed unprivileged may produce new litigation.

The prosecutors noted Cohen had personally not turned over any documents to Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation. Avenatti said he thinks that some of the documents obtained from the Cohen search relate to his client.

Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign laws, according to people familiar with the matter.

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