Trump's Allies Are Reportedly Concerned Feds Seized Recordings From Michael Cohen

Cohen asks judge to shield Trump files from prosecutors

New York prosecutors on Friday excoriated President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I'd only rejoin Pacific trade pact if deal was "substantially better" GOP unveils mock cover of Comey book with "ego" attack NY Daily News cover hits Trump over Comey book revelations MORE's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, over his request to screen information seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents during Monday raids on his office, home and hotel room.

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the prosecutors wrote.

In response to Cohen's motion to restrain the evidence collected in Monday's raids of his home and office, the United States attorney in NY asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation".

The FBI raided Cohen's office and hotel room on Monday, and Cohen's lawyers are trying to prevent the FBI from looking through the documents and electronic devices agents seized in their search.

Investigators are seeking evidence of crimes "many of which have nothing to do with his work as an attorney, but rather relate to Cohen's own business dealings", prosecutors said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are believed to have taken documents relating to a payoff to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic actor known as Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had a sexual encounter with Trump. The warrant sought all documents, including emails between Cohen and Trump, related to Cohen's efforts to suppress negative publicity ahead of the 2016 election. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address. As a "fall-back option", they propose that the judge appoint a special master to review them.

His lawyers asked a USA judge Friday to let them review the information before FBI investigators go through it so they can highlight what's covered by privilege.

The Times reported on the call soon after news broke that the Southern District of New York's warrant to search Cohen indicates that he's "under criminal investigation."

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"As a privilege holder, he [Trump] has an acute interest in those proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed", Hendon said, asking Judge Kimba Wood at the US District Court for the Southern District of NY to postpone the hearing until next Monday.

The prosecutors assert that they have confidence that any seized material would not fall under the significant amount of attorney-client privilege that Cohen has claimed.

Joanna Hendon, Donald Trump's latest lawyer, arrives at the court in NY. And that's extremely unfortunate for him, because a more competent lawyer might be better equipped to deal with being squarely in the FBI's crosshairs. "I think the public is a close second". On Monday, Trump called the raid an "attack on our country in a true sense".

The Post spoke with legal experts who said the taped conversations would be valuable to prosecutors.

Avenatti's interest was in whether the seized documents applied in any way to his client.

Following the hearing Friday, the court matter is on pause until 4 pm.

An attorney for ABC News argued that authorities could use pseudonyms to protect identities. AMI paid a former Playmate, Karen McDougal, $150,000 for the rights to her story that she's had an affair with Trump, and that only became public when the Wall Street Journal published the story, not the Enquirer. "The client can waive the privilege, the lawyer cannot".

"The privilege belongs to the privilege holder, not the lawyer", said Hendon.

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