Government lawyers using Cohen's media interviews against him


"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided", Cohen told CNN's Don Lemon. Mueller's office referred the case about his business dealings to NY but hasn't been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said. Agents, they wrote, had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen after securing an earlier search warrant.

Trump blasted the Mueller team as "the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen", labeling majority Democrats and saying the few Republicans had worked for President Barack Obama. Several lawmakers, including senator Rand Paul, have called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid a "great overreach" by special counsel Robert Mueller.

On Monday, President Donald Trump learned that F.B.I. agents had raided an office and a hotel apartment that were the territory of Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer.

In a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, Cohen's lawyers asked to examine the seized documents and electronic devices.

While Trump had the "utmost interest" in ensuring that the process of preserving attorney-client privilege was respected, so did the public - and anyone who has ever sought legal counsel, Hendon said.

Lawyer Michael Cohen received a phone call Friday for the man identified in court papers as his only client: President Trump.

McDougal has said she had a longer affair with him. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " said Mr. Trump.

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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 issues here are straightforward", he said. It is possible that in the course of their probe into Mr. Cohen, investigators could uncover improprieties in Mr. Trump's business dealings.

Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation that the US Attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed. He accused the president and Cohen of delay tactics but promised prosecutors would not view any of the seized material until the judge makes her ruling following the hearing on Monday.

Cohen's attorneys have filed a temporary restraining order in the matter, asking the court to stop federal prosecutors from using some of the records they seized. The lawyer has been one of his closest business associates in recent years, serving as a deal maker and fixer for Trump in both the United States and overseas. "D.O.J. only raids once they have concluded that lesser options-like cooperation-aren't working and that there is a risk that evidence may be destroyed", he said.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.

If they find material that does not involve legal advice between a lawyer and a client, or is exempted from the attorney-client privilege because it contains evidence of a crime, that material can be turned over to investigators.

The person familiar with the investigation, who wasn't authorized to discuss it and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the probe by the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan is trying to determine if there was any fraud related to the payments.