Judge Extends Evidence Deadline For Cohen Team On Attorney-Client Privilege

Lawyers for Trump's Personal Attorney Set for Friday Court Appearance

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen wants to stop US from using FBI seized material

It was a balmy Friday in New York City, but Michael Cohen probably wasn't in a very bright mood.

Many sections in the U.S. Attorney's Friday response to Cohen are redacted, including one passage that allegedly would "further [bely] the notion that Cohen is now engaged in any significant practice of law". Wood said the court would reconvene in the afternoon to discuss how to release transcripts of those discussions that redacted the names of people described as "innocent individuals".

Not only would evidence that Cohen indeed traveled to Prague reveal he's been lying, but it would discredit the argument Trump and his allies in Congress have been using to discredit the Russian Federation investigation. Justice Department regulations require prosecutors to have a "taint team" not involved in the underlying investigation to sift through seized materials and make sure prosecutors don't see things that aren't relevant or are protected by lawyer-client privilege.

Then there's even more shade, on Cohen's relationship with the law firm Squire Patton Boggs (referred to as "Law Firm 1"), which had hired Cohen as part of a "strategic alliance" previous year.

After giving Trump until Monday to weigh in, Wood then decided that she would resume a part of the hearing at 2 p.m. on Friday, apparently to consider interests of other clients - "innocent parties" she said - whose files may have been vacuumed up in the Cohen raid.

The news that the corruption investigation in NY is seen by Trump's own advisers as a more imminent threat came as lawyers for Trump and Cohen sought to block investigators from going through records obtained on Monday in an FBI raid on Cohen's hotel room and office.

They said agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen. Both women say they had affairs with Trump.

Michael Cohen, left, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, stands with his attorney Stephen Ryan on September 19, 2017, after finding out the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing at which they were to appear was canceled.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether any crimes were committed as part of an effort by Cohen to squelch damaging stories about Trump when he was a presidential candidate, according to a person familiar with the matter. "He has an acute interest in those proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed", Hendon told the court.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has been "under criminal investigation" for months in NY because of his business dealings, the Justice Department said Friday.

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. There was the leak that the White House was plotting a strategy to disqualify deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein so that Trump could fire him without it looking like an attempt to hamstring the Mueller investigation.

Cohen, who has denied wrongdoing, has been at the center of a controversy surrounding a $130,000 payment to Daniels.

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