Federal Bureau of Investigation seized recordings between Trump's lawyer and Stormy Daniels' former lawyer

14 April, 2018, 22:15 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Feds wanted ‘Access Hollywood’ tape evidence during Trump lawyer raid

She also raised concerns about "innocent parties" having their privacy violated based on material being discussed. The Times noted that "depending on what was said, the call could be problematic for both men, as defense lawyers often advise their clients not to talk to each other during investigations".

Mr Donald Trump's personal attorney, Mr Michael Cohen, sometimes taped conversations with associates, according to three people familiar with his practice, and allies of the US President are anxious that the recordings were seized by federal investigators in a raid this week.

Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen want the court to order prosecutors to temporarily halt an examination of the material that was seized. They are also not known to be part of a joint defense agreement.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Cohen's attorney Brent Blakely said on Thursday, "No decision has been made for Mr. Cohen to assert his Fifth Amendment rights".

Meanwhile, his lawyers are in court, where a judge is reportedly upset that Cohen isn't there with them. Cohen also reportedly proposed, as an alternative, that an independent lawyer review the files first.

The judge heard from a brand new attorney for Trump Hendon, that said the president needed "an attention&rdquo".

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Hendon asked the magistrate, US District Judge Kimba Wood, to have the DOJ delay looking at the records until the matter could be resolved.

Joanna Hendon, a new lawyer for Trump who appeared in court, said her law firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument. "I'm just trying to ensure that it's done scrupulously".

President Donald Trump is apparently more unnerved by the rapidly developing criminal case surrounding his personal lawyer Michael Cohen than he is about Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation probe. It's the latest development to come after an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's home and office this week.

But they provided new details on the investigation, which they said has been going on for months.

CNN's Gloria Borger, Sara Sidner, and Scott Glover report that Cohen recorded his conversations with attorney Keith Davidson, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom received money to stay silent about their alleged encounters with Trump.

Avenatti said he believes some of the seized documents relate to Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.

"The government is investigating whether there was, in connection with Trump's White House bid, a conspiracy to commit fraud and extortion for the goal of silencing potentially compromising sources - specifically, people in a position to portray Donald Trump as a womanizer", McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, said.

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