FBI Seized Recordings Between Michael Cohen And Stormy Daniels' Former Lawyer

15 April, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • McClatchy: Mueller Has Evidence Cohen Was in Prague in 2016

Michael Cohen is a fraud of a lawyer who works exclusively for President Trump, federal prosecutors charged Friday.

The Monday raid on Cohen's home and office took Trump by surprise and added to the stress of the Mueller investigation, which is looking into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice and whether his campaign cooperated with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election. According to the Times, Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in", which is probably not wise for a president to do when it involves an associate under federal investigation - especially if that president's associate has a habit of recording conversations.

Despite being the subject of a criminal investigation surrounding his business dealings, Michael Cohen appeared casual and composed while being photographed around NY this week. The latter, has alleged that she had sex once in 2006 with Trump and was paid money shortly before the 2016 US presidential election to keep quiet about it.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income".

"What I need to know is whether you have a basis as a representative of the court to know whether there are "thousands and thousands" of privileged documents", said a testy Judge Kimba Wood.

Cohen's lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting. "It might be less than a thousand".

But "the attorney-client privilege can't at the same time be used as a sword and as a shield", McKay told Wood. Cohen was known to record other types of discussions and communications too, which sources say, could include communications with Trump.

"It is common for a civil case to be stayed under these circumstances, and that is what we will be requesting of the US District Court tomorrow", Blakely said in an email.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, suggested at one of the hearings that his client might be the subject of some of the seized materials, and her interests needed protection as well.

"Well, unless the president was calling Michael Cohen for purposes of seeking legal advice, the call is not privileged meaning the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the prosecutors could ask Michael Cohen about that call", Painter explained. A judge granted that request late Friday. Undercutting Trump's repeated pronouncements that "there is no evidence of collusion", it also could ratchet up the stakes if the president tries, as he has intimated he might for months, to order Mueller's firing.

Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Mr. Cohen, referred to his earlier description of the raid as "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign-finance laws, according to people familiar with the matter.

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