Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Federal Bureau of Investigation raids Trump lawyer's office, seizes Stormy Daniels documents

Federal Bureau of Investigation raids Trump lawyer's office, seizes Stormy Daniels documents

Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, have told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them. News reports say that the subpoena was for documents related to possible bank fraud and other financial crimes.

In his first comments since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home and office, Michael Cohen said the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents "were extremely professional, courteous and respectful". But he indicated in a late-afternoon tweet that they both would "fully cooperate with any search for the truth". Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally approved the raid, The New York Times reported.

Monday's events renewed concerns that Trump could try to act against Mueller, who was appointed previous year by the Justice Department to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion by Trump's campaign. Rosenstein, as the acting attorney general supervising Mueller's work, has the responsibility of deciding whether to expand Mueller's mandate to include the new topic or to refer it to a US attorney's office.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents had instigated a raid on Cohen's office, his home residence, and the Loews Regency hotel room where he had been staying, based on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating the Trump campaign over allegations that it colluded with Russian officials to win the 2016 election.

The lawmakers also said that recent media reports that cyber security vendors such as Cellebrite and GrayShift are routinely able to unlock iPhones "raises even more concerns that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not been forthcoming about the extent of the "Going Dark" problem".

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Tom Harrison, representing Cohen, also floated the idea of a special master being used to review which documents should fall under attorney-client privilege. As Trump noted Tuesday morning, in his own madcap way, attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of the USA legal system.

The raid was "upsetting to say the least", he added. Trump was obviously angry about the event, calling it "frankly, a real disgrace" as well as an "attack on the country".

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McKay, the assistant USA attorney, told the judge that he believed the proceedings were an attempt to delay the processing of seized material.

A lawyer for Mr. Cohen said Monday's raid was "inappropriate and unnecessary".

McDougal has said she carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 after the birth of his son. "But I will tell you that members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation that conducted the search and seizure were all extremely professional, courteous and respectful", he told CNN.

Before the adjournment, lawyers for Trump and Cohen told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them.

According to a source briefed on the investigation who spoke with the Times, agents were also specifically searching for information "related to the publisher of The National Enquirer's role in silencing one of the women". Cohen paid that money to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as part of a nondisclosure agreement executed just days before the 2016 U.S. election. Any payment facilitated on behalf of the Trump campaign could be considered a violation of campaign finance laws, which then set the individual contribution limit at $2,700.

The Daily Beast published the story, prompting Trump's campaign to say Cohen "is not affiliated with the campaign". Trump has said he didn't know about the payment.

Cohen would not comment further on the raid, but acknowledged the raids and attention have had an impact on his family.

"You'll have to ask Michael Cohen", he said. Do I need this in my life? No. "So, to me, as things heat up, the next big thing will be a shift from things like 'What was the Russian involvement in the campaign?' to 'Has the cover-up begun and where is it?'"

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