Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump's attorney says Cohen raids 'took everything'

Trump's attorney says Cohen raids 'took everything'

They disclosed in a court filing on Monday that Cohen had at least 10 clients in 2017 and 2018, and that he did "traditional legal tasks" for three of them, including Trump, Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy and a third who asked not to be named.

One of President Trump's lawyers, Joanna Hendon, filed papers late Sunday asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized by the FBI in a raid until Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, and the president have both had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

On Monday, Wood denied the temporary restraining order because lawyers representing the Manhattan US attorney's office said they have not looked substantively at the documents that were obtained. Prosecutors said they expected to let Wood know on Wednesday how long it will take them to share the materials with Cohen's legal team.

The court battle that waged through most of the afternoon was put in motion when Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room a week ago to search for records connected with certain work on behalf of Trump and in Cohen's own business dealings.

Hannity says he didn't have a formal legal relationship with Cohen, but reporting extensively on Cohen without mentioning their relationship is "pretty shady", Noah said, "even for Sean Hannity". But Wood said at the Monday hearing that she had faith in the Manhattan federal prosecutors.

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Mr. Cohen has also been linked to a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who alleged she had become pregnant from an affair with Mr. Broidy, who resigned Friday from the RNC.

The hearing in NY was ongoing Monday afternoon. "My attorney and I are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I give my word we will not rest until that happens". On Sunday, her attorney, Michael Avenatti said on CNN that he got "comfortable with the security plan last night for my client" and that she plans to attend the hearing.

People familiar with the Cohen investigation told The Washington Post that Cohen is being investigated for bank and wire fraud, but it isn't clear yet how or whether all the threads - the Russian Federation imbroglio, Daniels or potential other matters - tie together.

Wood said she trusted that the Southern District of New York's "integrity is unimpeachable", adding that she thought the use of a "taint team" is a viable option. "I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input and perspective", he said. If you go back and watch Hannity's coverage of the Cohen raid, knowing that he has skin in the game, "we can see that Hannity wasn't just mad, he was scared", Noah said, playing some clips.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, laid into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, saying the ongoing investigation will result in more bad news for the White House.

McKay said Cohen's lawyers were attempting to make an "over-broad" claim of privilege, and that while the vast majority of Cohen's documents that were seized may likely relate to Trump, attorney-client privilege is much narrower in scope. A dozen F.B.I. agents subsequently raided Cohen's hotel room at The Regency-his apartment is undergoing construction-where they literally snatched his cell phone from his hand. He said that the woman was represented by Keith Davidson, an attorney who is also representing Ms. Clifford. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

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