Michael Cohen tries to block use of documents seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation
16 April 2018, 04:22 | Santos Harmon
"We're all good? Cohen asked a group of reporters chasing him down E. 61st St
The F.B.I. agents who raided the office and hotel of President Trump's lawyer on Monday were seeking all records related to the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Mr. Trump was heard making vulgar comments about women, according to three people who have been briefed on the contents of a federal search warrant. The recording surfaced weeks before the 2016 election. Trump called Cohen this morning, before the court hearing.
The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.
Cohen's attorney Stephen Ryan dismissed the raid immediately after it occurred as "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".
Attorney Joanna Hendon, representing President Donald Trump, second right, talks to Michael Avenatti, attorney and spokesperson for adult film actress Stormy Daniels at Federal court, Friday, April 13, 2018, in NY.
On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized electronics and documents, including Cohen's communications with his clients. Those emails, they said, indicated that Cohen was "performing little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump". Prosecutors can also obtain privileged communications between an attorney and client if they have evidence those interactions further a crime or fraud.
Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of raiding Cohen's residence and home rather than requesting records by subpoena because what they had learned led them to distrust he'd turn over what they had asked for.
Attorneys for Cohen, Trump's longtime lawyer and confidant, sought the restraining order in hopes of getting the "first crack" at documents culled from their client's Rockefeller Center law office and hotel room.
Prosecutors are investigating whether Cohen engaged in bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign finance law, as The Washington Post previously reported.
What's contained in the recordings is unclear, but Michael Cohen was known to have occasionally taped his conversations with others and would play them back for colleagues. It was previously reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation took information related to Cohen's payment to Daniels, but this is the first indication that there may be recordings related to the nondisclosure agreements with Daniels and McDougal.
The Justice Department said Friday that Cohen is part of a criminal investigation.
The recording was an outtake from a segment that the entertainment-news program shot in 2005 when Trump had a cameo on "Days of Our Lives".
The Post revealed the existence of the recording on October 7, 2016.
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