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 USA prosecutors.
But Potter, who was appointed to the FEC by President George H.W. Bush, told Anderson Cooper in an that Cohen's payment may have violated campaign finance laws, which Special Counsel Robert Mueller could use in his.
Cohen finds himself at the intersection of two related lines of investigation, one into the Trump campaign's suspected coordination with Russian Federation, and the other into Trump allies' alleged payoffs to people who claimed knowledge of Trump's infidelities.
The move followed a Wall Street Journal report that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated and arranged the payout as hush money to the model, who has not been named. He also has denied visiting Prague in 2016. The plan would have ended US sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 in response to its incursion into Ukraine in exchange for minimal Russian concessions.
Federal investigators confirmed on Friday that Cohen is indeed under criminal investigation.
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Cohen has denied wrongdoing. The disclosure still left a puzzle: The sources did not say whether Cohen took a commercial flight or private jet to Europe, and gave no explanation as to why no record of such a trip has surfaced. Cohen's alleged communications with the Russians were mentioned several times in Steele's reports, which he shared with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Herndon, Trump's lawyer, said that after the process is resolved, the ultimate outcome on what documents are deemed unprivileged may produce new litigation. "I have never been to Prague", Cohen reiterated in a Saturday appearance on CNN.
Daniels has until Monday evening to file her opposition, and then Cohen will have through Tuesday evening to respond.
In them, they found that Cohen had done "little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump".
"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents relate to my client", said Avenatti. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.
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. Compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, the dossier details the efforts Russian Federation had allegedly taken to help Trump's campaign, including stealing and releasing emails from her campaign chair and the Democratic National Committee.
US intelligence agencies and cyberexperts say Kremlin-backed hackers pirated copies of thousands of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chief John Podesta in 2015 and 2016, some of which were politically damaging, including messages showing that the DNC was biased toward Clinton in the party's nomination battle against Sen. The dossier makes unsubstantiated allegations of collusion, but they hinge on the Prague trip.