Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized Trump lawyer's recordings of conversations in raid

WANTED BY THE FBI In this 2005 frame from video Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on'Days of Our Lives with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. Federal agents sought documents relate

A federal prosecutor's office says there will be a hearing Friday to address a temporary restraining order sought by Trump's personal attorney, Michael.

At a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Joanna Hendon, a lawyer for Trump, said the president had "acute" and "weighty" interests at stake.

Trump "is the President of the United States", Hendon said. I think the public is a close second.

The investigation is being run by Robert Khuzami, a veteran federal prosecutor whose boss, Geoffrey Berman, is the interim US attorney for the Southern District of NY.

Trump has expressed fury that prosecutors could have obtained communications he had with his lawyer, posting on Twitter this week, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

As the Michael Cohen investigation continues to roll on, our Verify team looks back at Trump's "attorney client privilege is dead" tweet from Tuesday.

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A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

People familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press the searches carried out Monday sought bank records, records on Cohen's dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen's communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made in 2016 to a former Playboy model, Karen McDougal, and a porn actress, Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

The judge said prosecutors believed either a special "taint team" of government lawyers should decide what evidence can be properly viewed by criminal prosecutors. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 before the election, and he allegedly helped coordinate a $150,000 payment McDougal from American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.

Daniels has publicly stated the payment was hush money to insure her silence about a 2006 affair with Trump. According to the Times, Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in", which is probably not wise for a president to do when it involves an associate under federal investigation - especially if that president's associate has a habit of recording conversations.

White House officials declined to comment.

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