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Trump called attorney Michael Cohen on Friday

15 April 2018, 09:44 | Opal Carroll

Stormy Daniels's attorney says Trump's lawyer is threatening to plead the Fifth

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, has been "under criminal investigation" for months in NY because of his business dealings, the Justice Department said Friday.

The source did not give an exact timeline of when this run-in occurred, but the men have been duking it out in the press in recent weeks, and their ongoing fight was spurred on again in a tweet by Avenatti Friday night.

Cohen has not yet been charged with any crimes, but at this point it's a foregone conclusion. Sad!

A United States prosecutor on Friday attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private.

A court filing did not detail what Cohen is under investigation for.

On April 9, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room and searched a safety deposit box and two cell phones belonging to him.

A judge on Friday ordered Cohen's attorneys to provide a list of his clients for consideration as to whether the documents seized during the raid should be protected under attorney-client privilege.

Wood said the intervention of a court or special master in the process was not unprecedented, citing the prosecution of Lynne Stewart, a radical Manhattan lawyer who was charged with smuggling communications out of prison for one of her clients.

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

Before Trump's election, Cohen spent nearly a decade in high-profile positions in Trump's real-estate company and built a reputation as Trump's fixer.

Looks like whatever Mueller found only bolstered their case.

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One of the biggest unconfirmed claims made in the controversial dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele is that Cohen traveled to Prague in 2016 to meet with a representative from the Kremlin to discuss Russia's meddling in the US presidential election.

Davidson represented two women who President Donald Trump is alleged to have had extramarital affairs with: adult actress Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) and Playboy model Karen McDougal. Records related to Cohen's taxi medallion business were also sought. Cohen reportedly said he "would rather jump out of a building" than testify against Trump.

"Absent a search warrant, these records could have been deleted without record, and without recourse", prosecutors wrote. Compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, the dossier details the efforts Russian Federation had allegedly taken to help Trump's campaign, including stealing and releasing emails from her campaign chair and the Democratic National Committee.

Cohen's lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting.

Cohen has said he was only in NY and briefly in Los Angeles in August, when the meeting may have occurred, though the sources said it also could have been held in early September.

The Hon Kimba Wood's Order directing Mr. Cohen to appear in person on Monday at 2 pm to potentially answer questions from her could be a problem if he intends on taking the 5th. McKay said Trump's ability to invoke the privilege is "no different" from anyone else's.

The Justice Department is asking for a so-called taint team to vet the material seized in the raids Monday, as is standard process.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, also made an appearance at the hearing.

The judge wasn't pleased with the vague answers, as according to the reporters present in the court, the judge told Cohen's lawyer "Your inability to answer these questions suggest to me that your client, Mr. Cohen, should be in court with you next time".

They each sat with their own parties and 'introduced themselves. they shook hands, ' an Avra source told the New York Post.



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