Trump's Lawyer May Have Stored 'Gold Mine' Of Recorded Conversations

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2018

(Cohen's lawyer also said that the search was "completely inappropriate and unnecessary.") Presumably, Mueller found something on the edges of his investigation that he thought a prosecutor ought to see, and the prosecutors agreed.

None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.

Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.

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.

A hearing on the searches has been set for 10.30am local time on Friday in a Manhattan federal court, the courthouse said. The lawyers said they should be allowed to identify which of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege before prosecutors get to look at them.

Tom McKay, a federal prosecutor, stressed that the president does not deserve special treatment, and that his interest in attorney-client privilege was "no different" from anyone else's. McDougal has said she had a longer affair with him.

"If the president is thinking of using this raid to fire Special Counsel Mueller or otherwise interfere with the chain of command in the Russian Federation probe, we Democrats have one simple message for him: don't", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said.

"I think that the president has been clear that he thinks that this has gone too far", said Sanders.

The president had been telling confidants for weeks that he was not eager to make the three-day trip, which had already been shortened from original plans, according to two people who have discussed it with him in recent weeks but were not authorized to disclose the private conversations. "We've given, I believe, over a million pages' worth of documents to the special counsel", he told the reporters.

There were also what one source said were other issues that could be unrelated to Daniels, including smaller investments.

Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".

The raid came in the aftermath of Cohen acknowledging using his own money to "facilitate" a $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels days before the 2016 election.

Prosecutors and the attorneys for Cohen and Trump appeared before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Friday in Manhattan.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump sought in court on Friday to stop US prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal attorney can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.

The details in court papers came as lawyers for Cohen and Trump sought to block the Department of Justice from examining records and electronic devices, including two cellphones, seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday from Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box.

Experts described the recordings as a potential "gold mine" in interviews with the Post, saying that if they exist and are admissible in court, they could prove extremely valuable to prosecutors.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court.

"The documents seized by the government are uniquely sensitive because they contain documents relating to privileged communications between the President of the United States and his personal lawyer", they wrote.

Monday's raids infuriated Trump, who has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt". McDougal, a former Playmate, was paid US$150,000 by the parent company of the National Enquirer for her story, though the magazine never published it. Cohen paid $130,000 to Daniels as part of an agreement, made before the 2016 election, to keep her from going public.

Cohen said he was not reimbursed by the Trump campaign or the Trump Organization, and President Trump said he did not know about the payment or where the money came from.

Trump on Tuesday hunkered down at the White House, cancelling a first trip to Latin America that was due to start on Friday and stewing on a move that could throw America into a constitutional crisis.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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