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Hearing related to Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at Trump lawyer's office is set

15 April 2018
Hearing related to Federal Bureau of Investigation raid at Trump lawyer's office is set

Federal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohen's Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump.

The warrant itself also tracks very closely to information already known about efforts by Trump's team to suppress negative information about Stormy Daniels, a porn star who alleges a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, and Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who says she had an affair with Trump between 2006 and 2007, the source said.

"This court should not accept Cohen's invitation to make new law and convert a duly authorized search warrant into a subpoena", prosecutors said, calling it a "dangerous precedent" to let defense lawyers delay a probe "in a case of national interest". Trump has denied having an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country". Lawyers for both Cohen and the president told a NY federal judge that the material is protected under attorney- client privilege.

The Cohen attorneys also want to see which, if any, of the documents might be excluded due to attorney-client privilege. The news agency said it was unclear whether Mueller's investigators have evidence that Cohen met with a prominent Russian, as the dossier claimed. Though the raids on Cohen's office and hotel room were overseen by Khuzami, people close to Trump and Cohen regard the investigation as a surreptitious attempt by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, to pry into Trump's personal life by using other prosecutors as his proxy.

It also adds another layer to Trump's unprecedented fury over the raid, which could give the Federal Bureau of Investigation a window into some of Trump's most closely protected secrets regarding his personal conduct and financial dealings.

"Both of those things are bad for America", she said. Cohen's attorney has said the search was carried out on behalf of the USA attorney's office in Manhattan in part because of a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.

The release of the "Access Hollywood" tape threw President Donald Trump's campaign into a tailspin.

A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

Cohen is also being investigated for bank fraud and improper campaign donations.