A United States prosecutor has attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Mr Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period.
They were seeking information on a $130,000 payment made by Cohen just before the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, a person familiar with the matter said.
Cohen's offices were raided by federal investigators earlier this week over allegations of bank fraud and campaign-finance violations.
At the hearing Friday, the judge ordered the parties to return to court Monday for another hearing, where Cohen will have to be present. Last week, he filed a motion to prevent materials seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his office and home from being used, citing attorney-client privilege. The agenda, says the dossier, covered questions on covering up payments to Europe-based hackers targeting Hillary Clinton's campaign and "Moscow's secret liaison with the TRUMP team more generally".
The filing, signed by acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami in the Southern District of NY, also says that while the current investigation was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller, the NY investigation "has proceeded independent" of Mueller's work.
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. Prosecutors have said Cohen is under criminal investigation, although no charges have been filed.
The Justice Department is asking for a so-called taint team to vet the material seized in the raids Monday, as is standard process. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!
On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary". In a footnote in its filing, the prosecutors expressed doubt that any communications between Trump and Cohen regarding a payoff to Daniels before the election would be covered under attorney-client privilege. Cohen also continues his legal battle with Stormy Daniels. They cited the President's own comments.
The lawyer denied the allegations about his ties to Russian Federation and said not only are they false, but also hurt his career, which is ironic, given that he works for the president of the United States.