DOJ: Michael Cohen 'under criminal investigation'

DOJ: Michael Cohen 'under criminal investigation'

Stormy Daniels' lawyer has claimed an interest in the documents seized from Donald Trump's lawyer.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's NY office and home on Monday, partly based on a referral from Mueller.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay accused Cohen of trying to invoking "wildly overbroad" claims of attorney-client privilege to avoid the disclosure of thousands of allegedly privileged communications related to the president and other cases.

Prosecutor Thomas McKay, who agreed to do nothing with the seized materials until Monday's hearing, told Wood that Trump should get no special privileges.

"It's an estimate", replied Cohen's lawyer, Todd Harrison.

Prosecutors say Cohen barely practiced law so most of the documents aren't off limits. Previous search warrants allowed NY federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said.

A report from The New York Times cites people familiar with Trump's thinking who said the president sees Cohen's criminal case as a bigger threat, due in part to Cohen having been his longtime attorney, fixer, and confidant.

Erica Orden, a political reporter for The Wall Street Journal broke the news via Twitter on Friday.

Further, prosecutors said in court papers that they used a search warrant in the Cohen raid - versus a subpoena - because "they had evidence" that his files "might be permanently deleted", the Times reported. They said Cohen has told at least one witness that his only client was Trump.

The filing said none of those emails was exchanged with Trump.

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Earlier this week, Cohen's offices were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who seized files relating to Cohen's work, prompting Trump to blast the action as a "witch hunt".

US President Donald Trump's attorney Joanna Hendon on Friday persuaded a US federal judge to give Trump until Monday to determine which records seized by the FBI from his personal lawyer Michael Cohen should be kept secret from federal prosecutors.

McKay, the assistant USA attorney, told the judge that he believed the proceedings were an attempt to delay the processing of seized material.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, 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.

Prosecutors said the raid on Cohen's office was the result of a "months-long investigation" into Trump's personal lawyer, and that the crimes largely relate to Cohen's "own business dealings".

Meanwhile, Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in", according to "two people briefed on the call".

They were seeking information on payments made by Cohen to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, a person familiar with the matter said.

But, "depending on what else was discussed", the Times disclosed, "the call could be problematic, as lawyers typically advise their clients against discussing investigations".

Spokesman Jordan Prince said in an email late Thursday that a hearing is set for Friday morning. Outside court, he said, "We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client".

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