Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Records on 'Access Hollywood' Tape

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's lawyer doesn't want

The revelation comes amid a courtroom drama that unfolded Friday, as Cohen's attorneys and Trump's attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen's records.

Cohen's lawyers will need to turn over the requested material by 10 a.m. Monday, and court will reconvene at 2 p.m. -with Cohen himself seated at the counsel's table.

But when the judge demanded that Cohen's lawyers provide some proof that Cohen has any other clients beyond the commander in chief, they twice came back empty-handed. Officials redacted a section in the document explaining why they thought they could not trust Cohen to turn over records willingly.

Attorneys separately representing President Donald Trump and his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, argued Friday that the Justice Department should be blocked from reviewing communications between Trump and Cohen. But because Cohen is so closely connected to Trump, the development apparently has the president bracing for the worst, The New York Times reported on Friday.

Among the materials sought by investigators in the search were records relating to payments made to adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, two women who have said they had sexual liaisons with Trump years ago. Previous search warrants allowed NY federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said.

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".

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

When your boss is the POTUS, that too Trump, it is hardly surprising that Cohen cared little about the law and order.

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The Southern District of NY prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.

"Attorney Davidson never consented to any recordings of his conversations with Mr. Cohen". The source pointed out that the only two people who know if there is anything there are the President and Cohen.

If that story sounds far-fetched to even a casual observer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears to agree: the agency's raid on Cohen was carried out in part to seize documents related to the Daniels payment.

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers. Her impatience at their failure to do so was palpable by late afternoon.

Just because the prosecution appears to believe Trump and Cohen are co-conspirators, that doesn't necessarily mean that will be proven, but that scenario is "clearly being scrutinized", McCarthy said.

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes. "... He is the President of the United States".

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

Wood requested the attorneys to reconvene in the future Friday. Wood also heard arguments on how to keep the names of "innocent individuals" out of the public legal fight.

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