Michael Cohen tries to block use of documents seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation

Bessie Dean
April 14, 2018

However, "you never say never" on a possible interview, the person cautioned, adding Trump's legal team remains "in frequent contact" with Mueller's investigators on other matters in the Russian Federation probe.

Lawyers for both Cohen and the president told a NY federal judge that the material is protected under attorney- client privilege.

According to U.S. media, Mr Cohen's lawyers have filed a temporary restraining order which is due to be heard in court on Friday.

On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized electronics and documents, including Cohen's communications with his clients.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud.

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Agents conducting the Monday morning raid on Cohen's hotel room, home and office were reportedly seeking documents related to payments made to two women - adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal - who have said they had affairs with Trump more than a decade ago. Prosecutors said today their criminal probe is focused on Cohen's personal business dealings.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.

The raid "significantly complicated" any negotiations for the president's legal team, "a person familiar with the discussions" told NBC.

Such an order would be sought to stop the government from using seized materials, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her claim to have had a one-night-stand with Trump.

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