Michael Cohen seeks restraining order on items seized by feds

Michael Cohen seeks restraining order on items seized by feds

"The (US Attorney) and Federal Bureau of Investigation have reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications", the Justice Department motion said.

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. In addition to documents of Trump's and Cohen's communications, investigators also obtained taped recordings of Cohen's conversations with associates, The Washington Post reported.

One of Trump's attorneys, Joanna Hendon, argued in court on Friday for access to the materials, insisting that the president's legal team needs assurance that the matter involving Cohen is handled "scrupulously".

During the raids, agents reportedly collected emails, tax documents and business records - including information about a payment made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels.

The special counsel investigation is being run by Robert Mueller, who is looking at Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Her impatience at their failure to do so was palpable by late afternoon.

Cohen is seeking to stop the U.S. government from reviewing the documents.

Legal experts said Mr Cohen's taped conversations would be viewed by prosecutors as highly valuable.

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's maybe-current, maybe-former personal attorney, is having a nice Friday afternoon, smoking cigars on a Manhattan bench with his friends on the first truly handsome day in New York City in months.

"There could be a whole host of documents relating to that agreement, the payment, what the president knew, when he knew it, and we're hopefully going to find out exactly what's in the documents", Avenatti said.

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.

McKay replied that the president's attorney-client privilege "is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice". Judge Wood approved his request to be heard in the closed meeting. Cohen claims that the materials seized include thousands of privileged documents and communications related to numerous clients of Cohen, as well as Cohen's privileged communications with his own attorneys.

"Trump and Cohen both say that Cohen did not tell Trump about the Clifford arrangement", said McCarthy.

Each search warrant specifically describes how records seized that may fall into attorney-client privilege will be filtered out by a team that's walled off from the federal agents who have conducted the investigation, the prosecutors wrote. According to Avenatti, the issue was an even more discrete set of clients-only those who had retained Cohen, but who had never been part of a proceeding or discussed with third parties.

More importantly, among the things the F.B.I. and the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan sought in the raids were information on the origins of a $130,000 payment to Daniels.

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