Trump lawyer tries to prevent use of materials found in FBI raid

Donald Trump's personal attorney made it a habit to tape phone conversations and use them as leverage

He ordered the strikes without the approval of Congress, The New York Times reports.

NY prosecutors raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room this week in a search the President said was a disgrace.

Assistant U.S. attorneys said there was no legal justification for a defense attorney to receive seized evidence and produce to prosecutors what he personally believes isn't covered by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen, who served for a decade as a lawyer at the Trump Organization and is a close confidant of Trump, was known to store the conversations using digital files and then replay them for colleagues, according to people who have interacted with him.

Federal investigators in NY are looking into years' worth of Cohen's business dealings, as well as lawyering he did for Trump as his longtime personal attorney, fixer, and confidant. The warrant sought all documents, including emails between Cohen and Trump, related to Cohen's efforts to suppress negative publicity ahead of the 2016 election.

Cohen has always been known as Trump's rough-and-tumble "fixer" dedicated to protecting his boss's interests.

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the prosecutors wrote.

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"Forty-six per cent of likely USA voters still consider Muller's investigation an honest attempt to determine criminal wrongdoing, down six points from 52 per cent in October, " the release said.

Trump's lawyers in the Cohen case, Joanna Hendon, Chris Dysard and Reed Keefe, did not respond to questions from Newsweek as they departed the courthouse on Friday.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has evidence that Michael Cohen made a trip to Prague in the summer of 2016, McClatchy reports, citing two sources with familiar with the matter.

Trump has sharply criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation over Monday's raid, which the president called a "disgrace" and an "attack" on the country.

Hendon says her firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument.

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers. Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning. A White House spokeswoman referred a request for comment to Cohen and his attorney.

Investigators can examine attorney-client work that falls within the purview of the Cohen criminal probe, but a separate Justice Department review is typically required in order to protect attorney-client privilege. Broidy tendered his resignation from the RNC today because of a tragic detail in the story: The woman with whom he was cheating got an abortion towards the end of their affair, a period during which he "offered to help her financially".

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