Trump lawyer fights Federal Bureau of Investigation over seized files


Donald Trump's personal attorney often recorded telephone conversations both before and during the 2016 presidential campaign that likely have been scooped up in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on attorney Michael Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Another issue, of course, is whether the communications at issue between Cohen and Trump will ultimately be deemed to be legitimate attorney-client privileged communications.

"I'm not anxious", Cohen said.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is aiding the FBI as investigators look into a $130,000 payment she received as part of a nondisclosure agreement from Cohen 10 years after the alleged sexual encounter, NBC News reported.

Attorney-client privilege allows clients to discuss their legal troubles with lawyers, protecting them from being incriminated by said correspondence.

To obtain a search warrant like the one executed against Cohen, agents must convince a judge they have probable cause of criminal activity and believe they'll find evidence of wrongdoing in a search. The raid itself was executed by the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, which is now led by Trump appointee Geoffrey Berman. In the weeks after, several women said publicly that Trump had subjected them to unwanted sexual advances.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.

They said agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

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McKay said Trump's ability to invoke the privilege is "no different" from anyone else's.

Stephen Ryan, Cohen's lawyer, believes the Federal Bureau of Investigation raiding his client's apartment was unnecessary and inappropriate; Ryan reiterated that communications between Cohen and his clients are protected by attorney-client privilege.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney is trying to prevent the government from using materials it found in a search of his office and residence this week. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally approved the raid, The New York Times reported.

Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal.

And it's likely that Cohen's reported activities - involving payoffs to women, a Russia-favouring "peace plan" for Russian Federation and Ukraine, and a business deal sought for a Trump Tower in Moscow - were of interest to federal authorities.

A federal prosecutors office said a hearing has been scheduled before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood for Friday morning to address Cohens request for a temporary restraining order related to the judicial warrant that authorized the search.

Trump has called the raids a “witch hunt, ” ‘an attack on our country, ” and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client communications confidential.

One source said Cohen played to Trump and some associates conversations that he had with political and media figures during the exploratory part of the campaign.