Lawyers for President Donald Trump and his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, have told a federal judge in NY that they believe some of the documents and devices seized from Cohen during an FBI raid are protected by attorney-client privilege, and they want a chance to review the material before prosecutors get to examine them.
Nancy Gertner, former MA federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump, a person familiar with the matter has said.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is aiding the FBI as investigators look into a $130,000 payment she received as part of a nondisclosure agreement from Cohen 10 years after the alleged sexual encounter, NBC News reported.
Mueller's office referred the information he found on Michael Cohen to the U.S. Southern District of NY, because he believed it distracted from his main goal of the Russian Federation investigation.
Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen want the court to order prosecutors to temporarily halt an examination of the material that was seized.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay accused Cohen of trying to invoking "wildly overbroad" claims of attorney-client privilege to avoid the disclosure of thousands of allegedly privileged communications related to the president and other cases.
Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment could have violated campaign finance laws because it may amount to an unreported campaign donation. A previous report from the New York Times claimed that Trump is obsessed with television, and even ordered that a 60-inch flat screen television be installed in the White House dining room.
Trump could face legal trouble if Cohen's payment to Daniels, which was funneled through an LLC, is determined to have been an in-kind contribution - an offering not of cash to pay for goods or services but of the goods or services themselves - to his 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump reacted to the raid of Michael Cohen by calling it a "witch hunt" and "an attack to our country".
Cohen "would be as damaging a witness against Donald Trump as any witness Mueller could secure".
The source said they were generally conversations about whether the news organizations were going to be fair to candidate Trump.
Jim Trusty, who formerly headed the Justice department's organized crime unit, said that up until recently, Cohen was described as co-operative with the Mueller probe.
But he doubts Cohen can be compelled to betray his own client to "save his own skin".
The White House remained defiant that the president has the power to directly fire Mueller - despite Justice Department regulations saying otherwise.
Democratic and Republican senators have warned that removing Mueller would trigger a constitutional crisis and likely lead to the president's impeachment.