Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid


Federal prosecutors revealed Friday that their probe of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, involved suspected fraud and the attorney's personal business dealings, and was going on long enough that investigators had already covertly obtained his emails.

Updated | President Donald Trump is so angry about the FBI's raid on his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, that he is spending much of time brooding, eating or just watching TV.

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is seeking a temporary restraining order against the Justice Department after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized material from his office, home and hotel room earlier this week.

"He as an acute interest in these proceedings", said Joanna Hendon, an attorney for the president who said she was hired Wednesday night.

A hearing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of President Trump's personal lawyer's office is underway in NY.

Investigators were also looking for information related to non-disclosure agreements between Cohen and adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claim they had sexual encounters with Mr. Trump.

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The investigations have dogged Trump since he took office a year ago, prompting him to publicly criticise Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, and to suggest periodically that he might try to have Mueller dismissed.

He vented to allies that Mueller's investigators were "going too far" and conducting "their witch hunt" to undermine his presidency, according to two people familiar with the president's views but not allowed to discuss them publicly. Trump has said he had no knowledge of the payment.

For Mr. Trump, the perils are different, former prosecutors said.

Cohen was inside the New York City hotel room where he's been staying when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents suddenly showed up at his door.

The searches, which Trump denounced on Monday as disgraceful, were a dramatic new development in a series of probes involving associates of the Republican president. The operation was "respectful" and "courteous", he told ABC News today.

Referring to Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice". On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

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The prosecutors noted Cohen had personally not turned over any documents to Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation.

That's according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who said Tuesday that Trump "certainly believes that he has the power" to fire Mueller.

Cohen's lawyer, Stephen M. Ryan, said on Monday prosecutors seized communications between Cohen and his clients based in part on a referral by Mueller.

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided".

Cohen, who has been described as Trump's "fixer", says he's not thrilled about what might come next. White House attorney Ty Cobb and White House Counsel Donald McGahn have repeatedly sought to dissuade Trump from firing Mueller and renewed their efforts after the raids, two United States officials familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

Cohen says he's still loyal to the president but he would have handled the payment differently because of how it has affected his family.

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Another lawyer also sought to make his case during the later hearing: Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti.