Behind shock of Cohen raid, signs of a meticulous process

President Donald Trump right sitting next to Vice President Mike Pence left speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Monday

President Donald Trump right sitting next to Vice President Mike Pence left speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington Monday

President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen told ABC News today that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents did not storm in, but simply knocked on the door, as they raided his office, hotel room and home Monday.

Although Cohen's name has been linked to the special counsel's investigation - the Washington Post reported in early March that Mueller had "requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Michael Cohen" - Monday's raid was the result of information Mueller gave to prosecutors in NY that was not central to that probe.

Once they've reviewed the records, the filter team can give to the investigators communications "between Cohen and persons with whom Cohen undisputedly does not have an attorney-client relationship", likely meaning the records wouldn't be between Cohen and Trump, prosecutors said.

Joanna Hendon, a new lawyer for Trump who appeared in court, said her law firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument.

The Twitter statement from attorney Michael Avenatti comes one day after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

A federal prosecutor's office says there will be a hearing Friday to address a temporary restraining order sought by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

The FBI raided Cohen's offices, home and hotel room earlier this week, taking his computers and phones and seizing documents related to a payment he said he'd made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

The raids enraged Trump, who called them an "attack on the country".

After giving Trump until Monday to weigh in, Wood then decided that she would resume a part of the hearing at 2 p.m. on Friday, apparently to consider interests of other clients - "innocent parties" she said - whose files may have been vacuumed up in the Cohen raid.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who represents Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, declined to say Tuesday whether his client had been contacted by the Justice Department or the FBI in connection with the Cohen investigation.

Trump raged over the raid Monday, calling it a "disgrace". The operation was "respectful" and "courteous", he told ABC News today.

"This is actually very surreal", said Brett Tolman, a former USA attorney appointed by George W. Bush, of the raid on the President's personal lawyer.

It is unknown whether Cohen taped conversations between himself and Trump.

"His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice", McKay told Wood. He accused the president and Cohen of delay tactics but promised prosecutors would not view any of the seized material until the judge makes her ruling following the hearing on Monday. Critics have said that if Trump tried to remove Mueller it would amount to interference in the investigation. Dowd was firmly against Trump sitting down with Mueller's team for an interview. Previous search warrants allowed NY federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said. The seizure of documents was carried out under the auspices of federal prosecutors in Manhattan, not the special counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller, which is probing possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

Michael Cohen should've dropped the mic. It was unclear whether that session will be open or closed to the public.

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