Michael Cohen seeks to withhold identity of mystery client

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen under criminal investigation

While Trump has dismissed the Cohen raid as part of a "witch hunt" perpetrated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, court filings last week revealed that US attorneys in Manhattan have been investigating him for months, and a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case.

Federal prosecutors in NY want a special "taint team" of government lawyers to begin reviewing files seized from Cohen during FBI raids last week, so they can decide which are protected by attorney-client privilege and which may be used to prosecute Cohen.

President Donald Trump's lawyers argued in a new court filing Sunday against the Federal Bureau of Investigation search of Michael Cohen's records, and sided with the former Trump Organization lawyer's legal team to make sure confidentiality to his legal clients hasn't been breached.

A hearing Friday in Manhattan federal court was put on hold until Monday after Hendon intervened and requested additional time.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on Cohen's Office, Trump took Twitter to convey his dismay.

In court Monday, Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen's lawyers to reveal his client list.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen for $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

Cohen also reportedly paid off a Playboy model that had an affair with Republican National Committee fundraiser Elliott Broidy, who has since resigned from his position. The raid came after the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY sought and obtained a search warrant. "I have may lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices and even homes, are going to be raided".

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That procedure involves having a "taint team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege.

Prosecutors challenged the letter, saying this is not a special case, adding that "Michael Cohen and President Trump made inflammatory public statements about this case", Gainer reported.

On April 15, Trump reiterated how all lawyers are "deflated and concerned", now that "attorney-client privilege is a thing of the past".

The federal prosecutors - operating out of Manhattan to investigate Cohen's business dealings and separately from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian collusion - have said they would use a different set of government lawyers to review the materials seized.

The next phase is a battle over the procedures involving who may review the materials seized by FBI investigators last week.

However, though Avenatti said Daniels's presence at the court had nothing to do with making an impact on Cohen psychologically, he tweeted on Sunday morning a scene from the film "The Godfather II" where a Mafia turncoat retracted his testimony after mafia boss Michael Corleone brought the former's own brother with him to watch the court proceedings. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen's personal business activities, but haven't said what law they think he's broken.

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