Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's

Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"

Darren Sullivan
April 16, 2018

Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".

Trump has expressed fury that prosecutors could have obtained communications he had with his lawyer, posting on Twitter this week, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Trump lawyers want to review a 22-page government filing answering the Cohen legal team's request for a temporary restraining order blocking the feds from going through the paperwork.

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 earlier on Friday. They don't care about law, they don't care about facts, they don't care about decency, they only care about destruction. The lawyers said they should be allowed to identify which of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege before prosecutors get to look at them.

Prosecutors said today their criminal probe is focused on Cohen's personal business dealings.

The revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained recordings during the raid comes a day after The Washington Post reported that some of Trump's allies were anxious that investigators may have seized recorded conversations between Trump and Cohen.

Hendon asked for a delay in court proceedings until at least Monday, saying she needed to research the law.

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The investigation of Cohen, which was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller to the US attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, appears to be focused in part on the lawyer's involvement with payments made to two women who alleged affairs with Trump.

Trump repeatedly denounced the raids as disgraceful.

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Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti was also in the courtroom.

Trump has called the raids a "witch hunt", "an attack on our country", and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client communications confidential. Daniels was paid $130,000 during the 2016 campaign.

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.

White House officials declined to comment.