A lawyer for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, appeared before a federal judge Friday morning to press claims that his legal team should get the first cut at determining whether documents seized in an FBI raid are privileged or irrelevant.
Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford. The recording surfaced weeks before the 2016 election.
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.
The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair. He has called the raids "inappropriate and unnecessary" and said prosecutors improperly obtained privileged information.
The raid on Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney and fixer, has rattled the president; any investigation into Cohen pulls the FBI directly into Trump's inner circle.
The Cohen attorneys also want to see which, if any, of the documents might be excluded due to attorney-client privilege. Those emails, they said, indicated that Cohen was "performing little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump".
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A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.
Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of raiding Cohen's residence and home rather than requesting records by subpoena because what they had learned led them to distrust he'd turn over what they had asked for.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge to block the Justice Department from reviewing records seized Monday in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's apartment, hotel room, office and safety deposit box.
Some of Trump's allies are reportedly concerned that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized taped conversations by Cohen, who liked to record calls. Trump could be heard telling former NBC host Billy Bush that he could "grab" women by their genitals because of his fame.
Mr. Cohen, you said you're not anxious at all?
The recording was an outtake from a segment that the entertainment-news program shot in 2005 when Trump had a cameo on "Days of Our Lives". "You can do anything". Trump, who at the time was starring on NBC's "The Apprentice", was making a guest appearance - playing himself - on the NBC soap opera.