Trump lawyer arranged payoff to Playboy Playmate for Republican fundraiser

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During the FBI's raid of Trump's lawyer's office, CNN reports they seized audio recordings between Stormy Daniels' laywer at the time, Keith Davidson, and Trump's current lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Hendon persuaded Judge Kimba Wood to delay until Monday arguments over the restraining order that would temporarily ban authorities from inspecting the records.

During the raids, agents reportedly collected emails, tax documents and business records - including information about a payment made to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels.

Trump's threats to fire Mueller or the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation, Rod Rosenstein, escalated last week when the FBI raided Cohen's home, hotel room and office Monday.

A lawyer for Cohen, Stephen M Ryan, on Monday said that USA prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.

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Federal investigators on Friday confirmed in a new court filing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, is the subject of a criminal investigation. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address.

Cohen is asking for the right to review the documents before investigators do, so he can determine if any information was covered by attorney-client privilege.

Avenatti also said a copy of the non-disclosure agreement signed by Daniels in 2016 was sent to Cohen at his Trump Organization office in NY.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents relate to my client", said Avenatti. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Several people close to the president said Cohen raids pose "a greater and more imminent threat", the Times said. I would feel the same way if it were essentially a campaign-law no-no inflated into an alleged bank fraud by some, shall we say, prosecutorial creativity (a euphemism for stretching the penal law to capture erstwhile innocent behavior).

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The woman's name has not been made public and the source declined to disclose it.

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.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

The move followed a Wall Street Journal report that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated and arranged the payout as hush money to the model, who has not been named.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen late previous year helped arrange a $1.6 million payment by Elliott Broidy, a top Trump fundraiser and defense contractor, to a former Playboy model who claimed that Broidy impregnated her.

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Attorney-client protections do not apply to conversations that further a crime or act of fraud , Reuters notes. Nancy Gertner , former MA federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst.

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

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