Raid on Trump's lawyer sought records of payments to women

Trump Reacted To The Michael Cohen Raid By Slamming Hillary Clinton & Those Emails ... Again

Trump Reacted To The Michael Cohen Raid By Slamming Hillary Clinton & Those Emails ... Again

Before the adjournment, lawyers for Trump and Cohen told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them. Daniels' team has had extensive communications with federal investigators, said the third person familiar with the investigation. Both women say they had affairs with Trump. More senior-level departures are expected in the coming weeks, said two people familiar with the dynamic but not authorized to discuss it publicly.

A hearing on the searches has been set for 10.30am local time on Friday in a Manhattan federal court, the courthouse said.

"It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his clients", Ryan said. But it doesn't apply under the "crime-fraud exception", which strips those protections if the communication involves an attorney and client furthering criminal activity.

President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, is under federal scrutiny for dealings with a bank that loaned him money against his NY taxi business, The Washington Post reported.

One source familiar with the matter told CNN that included in the documents authorities seized Monday was information related to Daniels. "So they considered the privilege issues, but considered them to be outweighed by the necessity to obtain evidence that couldn't be obtained otherwise".

Friedman declared bankruptcy on some of his medallions in 2016 and now faces charges by the NY state attorney general with theft related to allegedly failing to pay $5 million in taxes; he has pleaded not guilty and goes on trial June 18, the Post reported.

Trump's Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, reportedly signed off on the warrant.

But Mueller did have a hand in instigating the raids.

Trump's fiery comments raised speculation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's office could lead Trump to fire Mueller, a step lawmakers in both parties have repeatedly warned would lead to a constitutional crisis.

Investigators were seeking documents related to possible bank fraud, as well as potential campaign finance violations, according to The Washington Post.

Trump's advisers have spent the last 24 hours trying to convince the president not to make an impulsive decision that could put the president in more legal jeopardy and ignite a controversy that could consume his presidency, several people close to Trump said. Those emails, they said, indicated that Cohen was "performing little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump".

Trump called the raid against his lawyer an "attack on our country in a true sense".

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 "would be as damaging a witness against Donald Trump as any witness Mueller could secure".

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair. Cohen, whose attorney called the raid "completely inappropriate and unnecessary", has told me he made the payment to spare his friend and client the embarrassment of her allegations, whether they are true or not, not to influence the campaign.

But he doubts Cohen can be compelled to betray his own client to "save his own skin".

Attorney Michael Cohen walks down the sidewalk in New York, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders equated the effect of the investigation and Russia's support for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Democratic and Republican senators have warned that removing Mueller would trigger a constitutional crisis and likely lead to the president's impeachment.

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