Special counsel has evidence Michael Cohen traveled to Prague: McClatchy


Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's maybe-current, maybe-former personal attorney, is having a nice Friday afternoon, smoking cigars on a Manhattan bench with his friends on the first truly handsome day in New York City in months.

The court documents on Friday say that investigators have been focused on Cohen's "personal business dealings", not his work as an attorney on behalf of Trump.

Cohen's lawyers (and one of Trump's) argued in Manhattan on Friday to block any use of evidence obtained as part of the searches of Cohen's home, office, hotel room, safety deposit box, and cell phones.

Cohen's attorney Brent Blakely said on Thursday, "No decision has been made for Mr. Cohen to assert his Fifth Amendment rights".

Although the U.S. Attorney's Office conceded on Friday that it has not yet filed charges, prosecutors wrote they are "constrained from disclosing certain facts that would provide the court with a more complete factual background".

Prosecutors also seized recordings of conversations that Cohen had secretly made, but he told people in recent days that he did not tape his conversations with Trump.

President Trump's advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation into his personal lawyer poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump. Daniels opposes the request; her response to Friday evening's request is due by 6 p.m. PT Monday. Trump called Cohen this morning, before the court hearing. The president's lawyers have said they want to review the documents that were confiscated.

More news: Threat of US-Russia clash hangs over Syria
More news: Star-Lord Makes Fun of Thor In New Avengers
More news: With Russia on his mind, Trump looks for tougher approach on Syria

Harrison's assertion that Cohen's documents included privileged communications involving Cohen as both an attorney and a client did not, McKay argued, validate that claim.

The raids followed a referral by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who for almost a year has been looking into whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Accordingly, they argue, most of the material seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not involve attorney-client privilege and could figure in a future court case.

"I acknowledge I had a consensual relationship with a Playboy Playmate", Broidy said in a statement to the Journal. Afterwards, Avenatti said at a press conference that he wasn't surprised at Trump's interest in the case because longtime lawyer Cohen knew "where all the bodies were buried".

Prosecutors have been working with a grand jury to investigate Cohen for months, they write, and they have obtained secret warrants on his "multiple different email accounts".

A full hearing is set for Monday on Cohen's petition.