Donald Trump's personal attorney often recorded telephone conversations both before and during the 2016 presidential campaign that likely have been scooped up in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on attorney Michael Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, have told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them.
Another issue, of course, is whether the communications at issue between Cohen and Trump will ultimately be deemed to be legitimate attorney-client privileged communications.
Prosecutors say Cohen barely practiced law so most of the documents aren't off limits. The warrant also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was searching for any evidence that the lawyer, Michael Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the campaign, according to the article.
Cohen, through his lawyer and in public statements, has denied wrongdoing.
A federal judge is ordering President Donald Trump's personal lawyer to appear next week for arguments over the government's raid on the lawyer's New York City home and office.
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials in Washington and NY have refused to discuss the case publicly, or say what crimes they are investigating.
They also downplayed the scope of potential privilege, saying they had before Monday secretly searched multiple email accounts belonging to Cohen, and which they said indicated that Cohen "is in fact performing little to no legal work".
The FBI confiscated Cohen's emails, tax documents and business letters, as well as the communication between Cohen's clients, including Trump.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney is trying to prevent the government from using materials it found in a search of his office and residence this week.
Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her promise not to talk publicly about an affair she said she had with Trump.
Trump has called the raids a witch hunt, an attack on our country, and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client communications confidential.
The warrants also sought business records on Cohen's dealings in the taxi industry, the person said. That suggests Mueller's team uncovered evidence of something criminal but tangential to their mandate of investigating Russian interference, lawyers say. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein personally approved the raid, The New York Times reported.
The hearing, set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, will relate to the search warrant executed this week to obtain various documents in Cohen's possession.
A court spokesman reached by the AP did not elaborate further on the subject matter of the court proceeding.
With respect to the payment to Ms. Daniels, Cohen has said that he paid the money out of his own pocket out of friendship to the President - which he characterized as a "private transaction" - without Trump's knowledge.