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Michael Cohen signals openness to cooperating with federal investigators

18 June 2018
Michael Cohen signals openness to cooperating with federal investigators

I've always liked Michael.

Asked if he was anxious that Cohen will "flip" on him and provide the government with potentially damaging information, Trump said he wasn't anxious at all.

However, Trump - who initially publicly denied knowledge of the payment - subsequently conceded that Cohen was reimbursed.

Prosecutors also are eyeing the $130,000 payment Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels right before the 2016 presidential election.

They also said they had recovered the equivalent of more than 700 pages of encrypted messages sent by secure applications on Cohen's devices.

The material is the most recent to be produced to Cohen's legal team out of more than 3.7 million items seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation search of his home, hotel room and office in April. Following the raids, Cohen told ABC News "I just want my stuff back", while Ryan released a statement arguing that the seized documents included "the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications" and slammed the government's tactics as "wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities".

Cohen had sought to delay the legal fight after his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April.

Authorities conducting a criminal probe of Cohen previously had said that they were unable to access the encrypted content. "It's an attack on all we stand for", the president said during a meeting with senior military leadership at the White House.

Barbara Jones, the retired judge named to help in the document review process, recommended that the judge overseeing the case extend the deadline to June 25.

Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - is suing Trump and Cohen, to nullify a 2016 non-disclosure agreement preventing her from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump.

Judge James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California set a briefing for later this month, after which he'll make a final decision on the restraining order request.

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized in the April raids and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege. She rejected three items that Cohen, Trump or the Trump organization had designated as privileged.