Trump lawyer fights to shield items seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

President Trump's Wild Response to the FBI Raid on Michael Cohen's Office

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen drives after leaving his hotel in New York Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday, a Justice Department spokesman said on Friday. "This is of most concern to him".

The comment comes two days after the Monday morning raid, during which law-enforcement officials confiscated electronic devices and documents related to work Cohen has done for his clients, including Trump.

Given that the case against Cohen appears to lie with Southern District prosecutors, however, it is likely that firing Mueller would have little effect on any prosecutions developed from evidence seized Monday.

Public corruption prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playmate, and Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

The cover comes after the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier this week raided Cohen's office, seizing emails, documents and records, some of them related to his payment to adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

Avenatti said he should be allowed to represent the interests of Daniels.

Jim Trusty, who formerly headed the Justice department's organized crime unit, said that up until recently, Cohen was described as co-operative with the Mueller probe.

McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed.

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Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation the USA attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed.

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He also speculated that Cohen may have lied to the First Republic Bank when he obtained a loan and set up bank accounts to pay Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence on her alleged affair with Trump. As a result, the raid was not technically part of Mueller's Russian Federation investigation-a distinction that may have as much to do with politics as with jurisprudence.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.

Regardless, seizing the records of the personal attorney to the president is extraordinary, and reflects a number of points I've been arguing since the day Robert Mueller was appointed. As part of his ad hoc monologue on the subject he mused that "many people" have said he should fire Mueller. "I've wanted to keep it down", he said, without quite explaining how you keep a man like Mueller "down". 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. It was, he said, "a whole new level of unfairness".

President Donald Trump is fuming about what he says is abuse of attorney-client privilege after federal agents raised his personal attorney's office in NY.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is asking a federal judge to dismiss a defamation claim brought by a porn actress who said she had an affair with Trump. Instead, he was dealing with what he again called a "witch hunt", and a "disgrace".

A NY federal district court spokesman says there will be a hearing related to the search warrant executed this week for records belonging to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.

Monday's raids of lawyer Michael Cohen's home and office followed a referral by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who for almost a year has been looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

While the search was overseen by the U.S. attorney's office in the Southern District of NY, the lawyers regard it as a direct extension of Mueller's investigation.

Mueller, of course, has an ace up his sleeve, since anything the Southern District team uncovers that relates to Russian Federation would be referred back to the special counsel's office anyway.

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