Trump's lawyer denies visiting Prague during 2016 campaign


A $130,000 payment by President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen to Stormy Daniels may have amounted to an illegal contribution to the Trump campaign, according to Trevor Potter, former chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Now, thanks to new court filings we have a better idea.

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, hotel room and home, seizing numerous documents and other evidence. Prosecutors revealed that they had already secretly obtained many of Cohen's emails.

One of the biggest unconfirmed claims made in the controversial dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele is that Cohen traveled to Prague in 2016 to meet with a representative from the Kremlin to discuss Russia's meddling in the USA presidential election.

Prosecutors said the investigation focuses on Cohen's "own business dealings" rather than his work as an attorney. Cohen has said that he was in Los Angeles visiting universities with his son when the dossier claims he was overseas.

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The investigation is separate from the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

The judge in the suit had given Cohen until Friday evening to formally request the stay.

In the scenario reported by McClatchy, investigators have found evidence Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany in the Schengen Area, where the borders are open. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, argues that the court must first decide if there even is an agreement and has asked for limited discovery, including depositions of Trump and Cohen and production of certain documents, in order to prove there is not.

Cohen is known to tape conversations with associates and store them, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past".

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"The payment of the money just creates an enormous legal mess for, I think, Trump, for Cohen and anyone else who was involved in this in the campaign", Potter told "60 Minutes". Federal prosecutors said they would wait to review the materials until then. She ordered the lawyers - including Cohen personally - to return to court Monday morning with more details, including a list of Cohen's clients.

Cohen has said he was only in NY and briefly in Los Angeles in August, when the meeting may have occurred, though the sources said it also could have been held in early September. Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.

In their search Monday, investigators also sought records relating to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions - high-value assets often used as collateral for loans, according to people familiar with the matter. Interactions between attorneys and their clients are typically kept secret, but an exception can be made if the documents contain evidence of criminal activity.

"I can announce that we got comfortable with a security plan last night for my client, she's going to attend at 2 on Monday", Michael Avenatti said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Pressed later whether Cohen was still acting as Trump's attorney, Sanders demurred.

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