FBI Raid Sought Cohen's Communications With Trump Campaign
Apr 15 2018 by Desiree Burns
A United States prosecutor has attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private. The warrant also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was searching for any evidence that the lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign, according to the article.
The FBI initiated the Manhattan raid after Mueller, who is authorized to investigate matters related to Russian election meddling, referred information about Cohen to NY authorities.
But Mueller did have a hand in instigating the raids.
At a hearing on Friday, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood told an attorney for Michael Cohen that his client needed to be there to help answer questions about his law practice.
Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her promise not to talk publicly about an affair she said she had with Trump.
The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.
A team at the Department of Justice would need to review any tapes the Federal Bureau of Investigation has seized to determine whether they violate attorney-client privilege and fall within the scope of the search warrants.
"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Cohen's lawyer Todd Harrison told the judge. In order for the privilege to apply, the communication has to be for the goal of securing legal advice between a client and another persona acting in his capacity as his attorney. They claim it's protected by attorney-client privilege.
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President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was known to tape conversations with associates, and White House officials are anxious that federal investigators might have gotten their hands on recordings, according to a report.
Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.
Hendon, who said Trump hired her on Wednesday evening, urged Wood not to decide who gets first shot to review seized documents until after she files a brief by Sunday night.
Asked if he was anxious, Cohen said: "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not".
They also downplayed the scope of potential privilege, saying they had before Monday secretly searched multiple email accounts belonging to Cohen, and which they said indicated that Cohen "is in fact performing little to no legal work".
The raids infuriated Trump, who tweeted "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" on Tuesday.
McKay said Trump's ability to invoke the privilege is "no different" from anyone else's.
Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly sought records on 'Access...
A warrant used in the raid Monday specifically authorized agents to seize records related to McDougal, said one of the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential details.