Trump Lawyer Cohen Reportedly Seeking Restraining Order Over FBI Raids

Trump Lawyer Cohen Reportedly Seeking Restraining Order Over FBI Raids

Cohen is due in court Monday, days after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents purged his Manhattan office and residences for files.

The Friday hearing was scheduled to review Cohen's request for a temporary restraining order to stop prosecutors from reviewing the documents seized during the searches.

Cohen has not yet been charged with any crimes, but at this point it's a foregone conclusion. Sad!

A court filing did not detail what Cohen is under investigation for.

Raids on Monday of Cohen's office and hotel room were the result of a monthslong investigation, the filing says. Prosecutors revealed that they had already secretly obtained many of Cohen's emails. The agreement was reached just before the 2016 presidential election.

Cohen is asking for the right to review the documents before investigators do, so he can determine if any information was covered by attorney-client privilege. It also claimed Cohen was deeply involved in a "cover up and damage limitation operation in the attempt to prevent the full details of Trump's relationship with Russian Federation being exposed".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller could use the payments as leverage over Cohen to extract information regarding his ties to Russian Federation. Mueller's office referred the case about his business dealings to NY but hasn't been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said.

But McClatchy's sources said that investigators have evidence that Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany.

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"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Mr Cohen's lawyer Mr Todd Harrison told the judge.

Cohen's lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting.

Wood said she would likely seal that hearing from the press and public, despite objections from the New York Times, Newsday, the Associated Press and ABC.

McKay argued that a so-called "Filter Team" from the justice department should be allowed to check all the seized documents for possible privilege. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!

In their search Monday, investigators also sought records relating to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions - high-value assets often used as collateral for loans, according to people familiar with the matter.

The judge also heard a request from Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, to weigh in on the files because they likely involved her, and the judge consented.

Michael Cohen is denying a new McClatchy report which said that the Mueller investigation has uncovered evidence that he visited Prague in summer 2016, which, if true, may confirm one of the key claims made in infamous Steele dossier. They cited the President's own comments.

"Bad reporting, bad information and bad story", Cohen tweeted, calling out the reporter behind the story by name.

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