Prosecutors: Probe of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen centers on Cohen's business dealings

Prosecutors: Probe of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen centers on Cohen's business dealings

Prosecutors: Probe of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen centers on Cohen's business dealings

President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is set to appear in court Monday afternoon.

Following the hearing Friday, the judge ordered the parties to return to court Monday for another hearing, where Cohen will have to be present.

"The question now before the Court is, who should perform the initial review of the seized materials to assess whether they are, or are not, subject to a valid claim of privilege: a taint team consisting of colleagues of the prosecutors assigned to this investigation, or the President, who is the holder of the privilege, and as such, has a unique interest in assuring that every privileged item is fully protected from improper disclosure".

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"She will attend", Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, wrote to Reuters, when asked whether the adult-film actress would be in court.

Wood said she would consider the idea. There was a lawyer at the Trump Organization who did have to sign off on nearly every significant deal - and that guy wasn't Cohen.

"I'm trying to protect the privacy of that individual, your honor", Ryan told Wood during a hearing about the records seized in a federal raid on Cohen's office, home and hotel room. Sean Hannity one of Cohen's clients Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's no "big deal" that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs.

Cohen, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie and carrying an umbrella, said nothing as he strolled past a throng of at least 100 reporters and photographers and into the Pearl Street courthouse.

A lawyer for Trump filed documents over the weekend asking that prosecutors be barred from seeing the seized material until Cohen and the president have reviewed it and decided what should be shared.

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In response to Cohen's motion to prevent prosecutors from using evidence collected in Monday's raids of his home and office, the United States attorney in NY asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation". The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

Prosecutors say that material should be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers independent from the investigation who could identify records that should remain confidential.

Cohen, Trump's lawyer for years, has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election.

Trump said Sunday, without supporting evidence, that all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen.

Daniels is expected to appear at Monday's hearing. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

At stake is an investigation that could get at the heart of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector.

Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices.

The FBI has not yet signaled what law Cohen has broken but only that he is under investigation for his business activities. The president has denied any knowledge of the payment to secure Daniels' October 2016 signature on a hush agreement preventing her from talking about the liaison.

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