Trump's Lawyer Attempting To Block Use Of Materials Seized In Raid

  • Trump's Lawyer Attempting To Block Use Of Materials Seized In Raid

Trump's Lawyer Attempting To Block Use Of Materials Seized In Raid

But news of the Cohen raid threw him over the edge.

However, "it is unknown whether Cohen taped conversations between himself" and President Donald Trump, the Post reported.

"Did he store those someplace where they were actually seized?" asked the adviser, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The warrant also covered emails and other documents that could reveal Mr Cohen's private communications with his client during a tense period in the presidential campaign when Mr Trump confronted the possibility of embarrassing details of his extramarital affairs. Cohen: "I'm not anxious". In the email, the representative said funds had been deposited in Cohen's account. It was meant to keep her from discussing her claim of having sex with Trump in 2006. Cohen says the raid was "upsetting to say the least" and he would be "lying" if he said he wasn't anxious.

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is pictured entering a restaurant in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 10, 2018.

Hendon says her firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument. But he indicated in a late-afternoon tweet that they both would "fully cooperate with any search for the truth".

He's referring to a non-disclosure agreement Daniels signed to keep quiet about the alleged sex, and threats she says she received.

Mr. Cohen also had a long relationship with David Pecker, the publisher of The National Enquirer, who is also friends with Mr Trump and who engaged in the practice of "catch and kill" with negative stories, meaning women who made accusations of sexual relationships with the candidate received payments or contracts with the magazine.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, a Justice Department spokesman says. Trump denies the affair.

Authorities working with Mueller chose a similar tactic last summer when they raided the home of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was subsequently indicted.

Cohen has denied any wrongdoing. As the Mueller probe has widened since its start in May 2017, senior members of the US Congress have repeatedly warned Trump not to fire the special counsel.

"It's a real disgrace", Mr. Trump said, calling it "an attack on our country". Making secret tapes to gain leverage over people in unguarded moments only works if they truly are unguarded, which they wouldn't be if they had reason to believe they were being recorded. Reports coming out of the White House have the president, in the words of one confidant, "sitting there bitching and moaning". "He should be allowed to finish the job he was assigned".

If Cohen used his own money and acted without Trump's knowledge, it could be considered an illegal contribution to Trump's campaign and put him in legal jeopardy.

"A well-regarded Republican appointed US Atty (attorney) obtaining valid search warrants, approved by a judge, that are then. carried out by career, upstanding Federal Bureau of Investigation agents doing their job to search for the truth is NOT A WITCH HUNT".

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate. But a group of bi-partisan senators introduced a bill Tuesday that would protect the special counsel if the president moves to fire him. The raid on Monday came by way of a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller. It was, he said, "a whole new level of unfairness". "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be".

A third official said some Republican leaders have tried privately and in public to warn Trump of the possible political consequences of trying to shut down Mueller's inquiry, but said it's "not clear" if they have had any impact. "It is the red line he always seemed to draw in his bitter complaints about the Mueller investigation-now here we are".

Zaid said that Cohen-Watnick was not fired from the White House. "It's a total witch hunt".

The president has openly expressed his frustration with the Monday raid on Cohen.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she did not know if President Donald Trump's embattled longtime attorney Michael Cohen still represents him after an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the lawyer's office.

A furious Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said Monday from the White House that it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office.

Ryan said in a statement earlier this week that the searches of Cohen's office and residences were unnecessary and the material seized is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

The raid creates a new legal headache for Trump as he and his attorneys weigh whether to agree to an interview with Mueller's team.