Stormy Daniels may show up at Trump lawyer Cohen's hearing

Randolph Lopez
April 15, 2018

The filing, signed by acting USA attorney Robert Khuzami, also says that while the current investigation was referred by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, the NY investigation "has proceeded independent" of Mueller's work.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents that were seized relate to my client", her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told US District Judge Kimba Wood at a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Friday.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump has sought in court to stop U.S. prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal lawyer can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Prosecutors demanded all communication with the campaign - and in particular two advisers, Corey Lewandowski and Hope Hicks, according to two people briefed on the warrants.

Lawyers for Cohen have argued that the some of the records seized in the Monday raid may be protected under attorney-client privilege, which typically makes such communications off limits except in limit circumstances.

The prosecutors noted Cohen had personally not turned over any documents to Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation.

Representing Trump, Joanna Hendon said that as Cohen's client, Trump has the right to assert what's privileged, not Cohen.

The lawyers fear Cohen will not be forthcoming about what was in his files, leaving them girding for the unknown.

The afternoon portion of the hearing came after a hectic morning before Wood. Trump is outraged about the attention being aimed at his personal attorney, maintaining that the investigations are a "witch hunt".

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While Cohen has admitted to no wrongdoing, the intensity of the government's investigation will put significant pressure on one of the President's closest confidants.

She added she anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.

Wood noted that she was concerned about what was potentially said in open court, since information about the underlying criminal investigation could potentially be exposed.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say in a court filing that the criminal probe that led them to raid the offices of Donald Trump's personal lawyer this week is focused on his "personal business dealings".

That material appeared to concern Stephanie Clifford, who goes by the stage name of Stormy Daniels. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson. Her allegation was based on a February 13 statement by Cohen that she said hurt her reputation.

Searches of lawyers' offices are rare but not unheard of, and prosecutors use what is called a separate "taint team" to review the material and exclude any documents that are covered by the attorney-client privilege.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's offices and home on Monday as part of a probe into possible bank and tax fraud and possible campaign law violation connected to the payment, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

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