All lawyers 'deflated' by FBI raid on Michael Cohen, says Donald Trump


All lawyers 'deflated' by FBI raid on Michael Cohen, says Donald Trump

Lawyers for Cohen said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

Cohen has been ordered to appear Monday in federal court in NY for arguments over last week's raid on his office and home.

Prosecutors indicated in court filings Friday that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the USA attorney in Manhattan and that a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case.

In a court filing Sunday, Trump's legal team called the search "an operation disquieting to lawyers, clients, citizens and commentators alike".

Cohen says the feds should not be allowed to review his documents on their own amid concerns that they have access to "thousands and thousands" of documents that should be off limits to them because they are protected by attorney-client privilege. It's supposed to prevent "privileged" information from being used against the client.

"Unlike a search of a traditional law office, the information gathered thus far in the investigation suggests that the overwhelming majority of evidence seized during the searches will not be privileged material, but rather will relate to Cohen's business dealings". Court documents show that Mr. Cohen was actually under investigation for months by the USA attorney in NY, according to the report.

An adult film star who says she was paid to keep quiet about an affair with US President Donald Trump has arrived at a court hearing for his lawyer. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney representing the woman, and said he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

The president asked that he be able to review before investigators are able to look at anything they took during that time. "Attorney client privilege is dead", he exclaimed.

Prosecutors with the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Joanna Hendon, Trump's lawyer, told an initial court hearing last Friday that the U.S. president has an "acute interest" in the matter. "I have may lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices and even homes, are going to be raided".

On Friday, lawyers for Cohen appeared in federal court in NY asking that they, not the Department of Justice, be given a first crack at reviewing the seized evidence to see if it was relevant to the investigation or could be forwarded to criminal investigators without jeopardizing attorney-client privilege.

"The president is very confident in the fact that he has done nothing wrong", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told ABC's "This Week" when asked whether Trump thought Cohen would make a plea agreement. The guidelines say that a warrant is justified when an attorney is a "suspect, subject or target" of an investigation or 'is believed to be in possession of contraband or the fruits or instrumentalities of a crime'. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!'