Michael Cohen skips court to smoke cigars, judge fumes

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's lawyer doesn't want

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's lawyer doesn't want

"Cohen has told at least one witness that he has only [one] client - President Trump", the lawyers wrote in court documents, challenging Cohen's claims that records seized in raids on his home and office Monday should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

"Because the facts underlying this action and the criminal investigation related to Mr. [Michael] Cohen overlap, Mr. Cohen's Fifth Amendment rights may be adversely impacted if this case proceeds", lawyers for Cohen and Trump argued in court regarding Cohen's right against self-incrimination.

Zeldin said a conversation between attorneys for different clients would most likely not be considered covered by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen's lawyer argued Friday during a hastily scheduled court hearing in NY that documents and devices seized from Cohen should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation may also have seized recordings that Cohen made of his conversations.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether any crimes were committed as part of an effort by Cohen to squelch damaging stories about Trump when he was a presidential candidate, according to a person familiar with the matter. A judge scheduled a follow-up hearing for Monday and ordered Cohen to attend. Cohen also has sought to review the material before prosecutors gain access them.

The raids were conducted after federal prosecutors in Manhattan obtained a search warrant based, in part, on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is conducting the federal probe into ties between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

Although Cohen worked for the Trump Organization before resigning at the start of Trump's presidency, he also has maintained private business interests, including ownership of a taxi medallion operation and real-estate investments.

"We want to ensure the documents do not disappear or that there's a control set that's maintained regardless of who reviews the documents", he added.

Cohen had already notified US District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday that he meant to request a stay in Daniels' lawsuit against him and Trump "on the grounds that an ongoing criminal investigation overlaps with the facts of this case".

Referring to Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice".

And it turns out there's no such thing as Donovan-client privilege.

Accordingly, they argue, most of the material seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not involve attorney-client privilege and could figure in a future court case.

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