Time cover shows Trump in storm after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids lawyer's office

  • Time cover shows Trump in storm after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids lawyer's office

Time cover shows Trump in storm after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids lawyer's office

People familiar with the federal investigation have told The Associated Press the search warrant used in the raids sought, among other things, information on payments made to Clifford.

Daniels argues that the payment was hush money that prevented her from discussing her affair with Trump in greater detail.

In Friday's filing, prosecutors accused Cohen's lawyers of making the "unprecedented" claim that they should decide which documents are privileged, or else leave the decision to a court-appointed special master.

He went on to say he is confident Cohen will "fold like a cheap deck of cards".

Cohen, a close Trump confidant who served for a decade at the Trump Organization, was known to store recorded conversations in digital files and replay them for colleagues, The Washington Post reported.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what crime they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has committed.

Attorney-client privilege allows clients to discuss their legal troubles with lawyers, protecting them from being incriminated by said correspondence.

They said agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

The judge also heard from a new lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, who said the president had "an acute interest" in the case.

Public corruption prosecutors in the US attorneys office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to Karen McDougal, a former Playmate, and Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

The cover for Time magazine's latest issue shows President TrumpDonald John TrumpCarter urges Trump to keep country at peace: Any nuclear exchange could involve "catastrophe" Pompeo confirms "a couple hundred" Russians killed in Syria Federal appeals court weighs CFPB leadership fight MORE in a storm after the FBI raided the office of Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Prosecutors and the attorneys for Cohen and Trump appeared before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Friday in Manhattan. The raid on Cohen was not carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller's team.

A source familiar with the matter has said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump.

Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal.

Trump's Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, reportedly signed off on the search warrant.

The hearing, set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, will relate to the search warrant executed this week to obtain various documents in Cohen's possession. He did not disclose the reason for the court proceeding.

Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election, but has not explained why.