Trump's lawyer Cohen under criminal probe

Trump's lawyer Cohen under criminal probe

The report also delved into how Cohen, a New York City native, rose to prominence in the city and eventually became close to Trump and his family.

After hearing the matter Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood said she did not have enough information to issue any ruling on that request.

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

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, fixer and longtime friend reportedly would often quip about having a rather poor grade point average in law school, according to a former classmate.

Cohen has been under the spotlight over a US$130,000 (RM540,000) payment he made shortly before the 2016 election to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford - who goes by the name Stormy Daniels - aimed at preventing her from publicly discussing an affair she claims to have had with Trump.

"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.

They said agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

Prosecutors emphasized that their investigation was focused on Cohen's business dealings, not his work as a lawyer.

"It's incredible that President Trump didn't have the good judgment to let it alone, to have nothing to do with Michael Cohen until this is sorted out", he added.

If these reports are true, it could potentially indicate collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials indeed occurred during the 2016 election.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what crime they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has committed.

"Attorney Davidson never consented to any recordings of his conversations with Mr. Cohen".

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There was no discussion of recordings during a court hearing on Friday to argue over Cohen's filing of a temporary restraining order that seeks to suppress the evidence gathered in the raid.

Prosecutors say they've set up what's known as a "taint team" or "filter team" to review Cohen's documents so nothing they seized is used improperly or breaches client confidentiality.

"This has clearly been a delay tactic from the outset", said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay.

Prosecutors say Cohen barely practiced law so most of the documents aren't off limits.

Harrison's assertion that Cohen's documents included privileged communications involving Cohen as both an attorney and a client did not, McKay argued, validate that claim.

CNN also reported that Trump called Cohen on Friday.

As ABC previously reported, agents were hunting for records tied to secret deals with alleged mistresses, media organizations and the 2016 presidential campaign, according to two sources who are familiar with the warrant and detailed its contents.

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

Information deemed to be germane to the criminal investigation would not be protected by attorney-client privilege.

UPDATE: Cohen's Friday somehow took a turn for the even worse in the early evening.

Another lawyer also sought to make his case: Clifford's attorney Michael Avenatti. Although Cohen was not technically required to be there, a judge seemed upset that he didn't appear.

In an interview, Avenatti said he wants to make sure "that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained". But lately, the lawyer has been facing the real price of client loyalty.

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