Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Records on 'Access Hollywood' Tape
Apr 15 2018 by Desiree Burns
Cohen's lawyers are expected to complain to Manhattan federal court judge Kimba Wood about the scope of the documents the FBI took from his hotel room and office earlier this week, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third".
But if officials believe an attorney could destroy the evidence, they can apply for a search warrant signed by the U.S. Attorney or Assistant Attorney General. He has described it as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Mr. Cohen and his client, Mr. Trump.
Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".
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 the US attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed.
Cohen's lawyers, Todd Harrison and Joseph Evans, rejected that argument in a legal memo.
It is unclear whether Mr Cohen recorded his conversations with Mr Trump, but according to sources the lawyer would made a habit of taping political conversations. The judge, who didn't immediately rule, ordered him to appear at another court hearing Monday on the issue to help answer questions about his law practice. Download The for your device.in English and other languages.
As part of the grand jury probe, they wrote, investigators had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.
In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud. "What else?" He also said reporters would have to ask Cohen about why the payment was made, and did not know where his lawyer got the money to make the payment.
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In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.
Federal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohen's Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump. But they did say Trump's remarks could complicate the Stormy Daniels case against Cohen. Or, they said, the court could appoint a special master for that goal.
Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Cohen engaged in bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law, as The Washington Post previously reported.
The Washington Post published the video on October 7, 2016.
Trump has denied relationships with both Daniels and McDougal.
Rumors continue to swirl whether Trump will fire Mueller or Rod Rosenstein, but so far the White House has not confirmed that.