Federal Bureau of Investigation seized recordings between Trump's lawyer and Stormy Daniels' former lawyer

Hugh Fox
April 15, 2018

Following an FBI raid on his home, hotel room and office, President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen filed for a temporary restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY to prevent federal investigators from reviewing material seized in the raid.

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

It's unclear who Cohen met with or what he did in Prague, but his reported trip there came shortly after Paul Manafort abruptly resigned from his role as Trump campaign chairman amid news he had secretly received $12.7 million in secret payment from a pro-Putin Ukrainian political party.

The revelation comes amid a courtroom drama that unfolded Friday, as Cohen's attorneys and Trump's attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen's records.

"It's kind of like when you're boyfriend breaks up with you and then you put pictures on Instagram looking really happy, having champagne", Kirsten Powers joked.

The FBI seized recordings President Donald Trump's attorney made of his conversations with a lawyer representing two women who had alleged affairs with Trump, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. "He is the president of the United States", she emphasized at one point.

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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.

Prosecutors emphasized that their investigation was focused on Cohen's business dealings, not his work as a lawyer.

Todd Harrison, an attorney for Cohen, urged the judge to issue a temporary restraining order to let either Cohen's lawyers or a court-appointed special master review the materials seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

From there, Cohen became a fixture in the president's organization.

The prosecutors noted Cohen had personally not turned over any documents to Robert Mueller's Special Counsel investigation.

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"It is neither apparent that Cohen, in his capacity as an attorney, has many, or any, attorney-client relationships other than with President Donald Trump", it said. 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".

The judge also heard from a new lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, who said the president had "an acute interest" in the case.

Trump and Cohen still were trying to determine what exactly was seized. Avenatti said he thinks that some of the documents obtained from the Cohen search relate to his client.

The lawyers fear Cohen will not be forthcoming about what was in his files, leaving them girding for the unknown.

Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign laws, according to people familiar with the matter.

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