Trump lawyer under investigation for 'personal business dealings': DOJ

14 April, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Trump lawyer Michael Cohen wants to stop US from using FBI seized material

Avenatti spoke outside the court at Friday's hearing and then followed with a suggestive tweet that "the weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy".

Trump's fiercely loyal personal attorney Michael Cohen chose to smoke cigars with his buddies while a judge chastised his lawyers in the court.

"If a lawyer is involved with a client in a criminal conspiracy, the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege strips their communications of privileged status", he said, and if Cohen had incriminating items in his office, he's not shielded from liability, even if he's a lawyer. She says she had an affair with Trump.

Cohen's tumultuous week began with federal investigators raiding his home and office on Monday.

However, the U.S. attorney in NY asserted the raids had been authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation". The hearing was set for Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, his lawyers are in court, where a judge is reportedly upset that Cohen isn't there with them.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Friday filed for a 90-day delay in porn star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit, citing Monday's raids on his home, office and hotel room by U.S. prosecutors.

Cohen was photographed outside the Loews Regency Hotel on Park Avenue in New York City on Friday.

The news agency said it was unclear whether Mueller's investigators have evidence that Cohen met with a prominent Russian as the dossier claimed.

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

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 lovely day in New York City in months.

One associate said Mr Trump knew of Mr Cohen's practice because the attorney would often play him recordings Mr Cohen had made of his conversations with other top Trump advisers.

Avenatti told reporters after the Friday morning hearing that he had no doubt the materials seized include documents concerning the negotiations with Daniels, which is the subject of a lawsuit filed by her against Cohen and Trump in Los Angeles.

The judge also heard from a new lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, who said the president had "an acute interest" in the case.

We began the week with the news that Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen was raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. "What they are trying to do is use attorney-client privilege as a sword to challenge the government's ability to review evidence" obtained lawfully, McKay added.

They were seeking information on payments made by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, a person familiar with the matter said. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country".

Federal investigators in NY are looking into years' worth of Cohen's business dealings, as well as lawyering he did for Trump as his longtime personal attorney, fixer, and confidant.

The Friday motion said that because of that overlap, "Mr Cohen's Fifth Amendment rights may be adversely impacted if this case proceeds", a reference to the possibility that his testimony could be used by prosecutors to build a related criminal case against him. She asked the court to delay the proceedings so her team could be brought up to speed. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 before the election, and he allegedly helped coordinate a $150,000 payment McDougal from American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.

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