US President Donald Trump's attorney Joanna Hendon on Friday persuaded a US federal judge to give Trump until Monday to determine which records seized by the FBI from his personal lawyer Michael Cohen should be kept secret from federal prosecutors.
On Monday, FBI agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room in NY, seeking evidence related to his payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Cohen's lawyers will need to turn over the requested material by 10 a.m. Monday, and court will reconvene at 2 p.m. -with Cohen himself seated at the counsel's table. Officials redacted a section in the document explaining why they thought they could not trust Cohen to turn over records willingly.
A NY federal district court spokesman says there will be a hearing related to the search warrant executed this week for records belonging to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. The Times reports that his advisers "have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in NY poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump".
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Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she was paid US$130,000 by Cohen to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with Trump, and is fighting to lift the terms of the non-disclosure act, which she says was signed by Cohen but not by Trump. Only attorney-client materials are shielded by the privilege - and then there are exceptions involving crime or fraud - and prosecutors say they have not recovered any communications between Cohen and Trump. Authorities revealed that they searched a number of email accounts used by Cohen.
Prosecutors emphasized that their investigation was focused on Cohen's business dealings, not his work as a lawyer. Cohen merely denied that he had traveled to Prague recently. For more than a decade, Trump has unleashed Cohen on his foes - investigative journalists, business rivals and potential litigants.
But the Cohen matter is different, and holds much more different implications for Trump, McCarthy, who spent almost 20 years as a prosecutor in the Southern District of NY, wrote.
The already complex legal battle could soon see another layer of litigation, as former Clifford attorney Keith Davidson has threatened to sue following reports that Cohen recorded their phone conversations without his knowledge.
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Singh also said he had already spoken to BJP president Amit Shah and J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on the issue. Speaking of the rape incident in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, Lekhi said: "This is a 10-month-old case".
The Friday hearing was scheduled to review Cohen's request for a temporary restraining order to stop prosecutors from reviewing the documents seized during the searches.
"This has clearly been a delay tactic from the outset", said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay. Her firm, Spears & Imes, was retained on Wednesday, she said, adding that she'd had just two hours notice of the arguments.
Avenatti spoke outside the court at Friday's hearing and then followed with a suggestive tweet that "the weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy". She argued that materials obtained from Cohen had to be handled carefully because some could relate to a sitting president.
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The judge added that the plaintiff has show remorse for his actions, and the offense was also relatively minor. But the move has sparked concerns about news stories and other previously public information being hidden.