Trump allies fear feds seized lawyer's recordings of conversations

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Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels. Judges have to be convinced that it isn't just a way for prosecutors to intimidate defense attorneys or access confidential information.

Mr Cohen is under suspicion of bank fraud and election finance violations, said The Washington Post. The lawyer has been one of his closest business associates in recent years, serving as a deal maker and fixer for Trump in both the United States and overseas. Michael Cohen has been my personal attorney for a long time, and he is entitled to a presumption of innocence.

The president on Monday cut loose on the Federal Bureau of Investigation, accusing them of breaking into Cohen's office, and calling the raid "a disgraceful situation", and "an attack on our country". That exception applies regardless of whether the attorney or the client is the one accused of criminal conduct. As a lawyer at the Trump Organization, he dealt with some matters related to Russian Federation; that connection continued during the campaign.

"What all this indicates is that it is not a small resource decision [to undertake such a search]", says John Q. Barrett, a professor of law at St. John's University in NY. He developed a reputation as Trump's "fix-it guy", who told the Journal in January, "Anything that he needs to be done, any issues that concern (Trump), I handle". "I suppose you could say that it is Trump's moment of truth", Bob Bauer, the former Obama White House general counsel, told me.

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"The S.D.N.Y.is tooled up to execute such raids, whereas the special counsel's office sitting in D.C. would face logistical challenges in trying to do it themselves", Katyal said.

STORMY DANIELS: Yes. The story was coming out again.

Cohen's attorney released a terse statement Monday arguing that the documents seized included "the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his clients".

But Mr. Trump made clear he views the two probes as interconnected.

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Mr Khuzami is a veteran federal prosecutor who spoke at the 2004 Republican National Convention in support of President George W Bush and later led the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Obama administration. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006. "We'll see what happens".

Investigators who raided the office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, were reportedly searching for records related to the 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that briefly crippled the Trump campaign in 2016, The New York Times reports. And if Trump (notwithstanding his recent denial) actually knew that he was the beneficiary of the nondisclosure agreement, he might be guilty of a separate offense-failing to report that asset on his personal financial disclosure form, said Politico. One source called it a "search and destroy mission".

"The politically motivated Federal Bureau of Investigation could act on raiding a lawyers office for documents related to an adult film star", he tweeted in response to Cohen's office being raided.

The New York Times first reported prosecutors' interest in records tied to the "Access Hollywood" tape. The parent company's chief executive, David Pecker, is a friend of Mr. Trump's.

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