Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Michael Cohen, Once the President's Trusted Fixer, Emerges as His Greatest Liability

I could have told him about tapes. But noooooo I could have told him about tapes. But noooooo
Freda Brock | 16 April, 2018, 05:30

Michael Cohen, whose home and office were raided this week by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searching in part for information about payoffs to women alleging sexual encounters with Trump, handled the matter on behalf of Broidy.

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.

"As a privilege holder, he [Trump] has an acute interest in those proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed", Hendon said, asking Judge Kimba Wood at the US District Court for the Southern District of NY to postpone the hearing until next Monday.

Federal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohen's Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump.

The FBI raids on Cohen's home, office and hotel room in NY on Monday are part of a criminal investigation that overlaps Daniels' suit to void the contract that bars her from talking publicly about what she says was a 2006 sexual encounter with Trump, the lawyers argued in court papers.

The filing says this investigation into Cohen is separate from the special counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry into Russia's interference in the 2016 United States election.

The raids were partly a referral by Mr Mueller's office. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address.

"It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his client", attorney Stephen Ryan said in the statement.

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"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Mr Cohen's lawyer Mr Todd Harrison told the judge.

As the report noted, Trump believes the investigation into Cohen is a greater threat than Robert Mueller.

When Trump took office, Cohen became Trump's personal attorney.

In their search Monday, investigators also sought records relating to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions - high-value assets often used as collateral for loans, according to people familiar with the matter. "If they in fact do exist, Attorney Davidson will pursue all his legal rights under the law", said a spokesman for Davidson, Dave Wedge.

Much of Friday's hearing focused on arguments from the media that hearings on the dispute should not be heard in secret.

In the Clifford case, Cohen and Trump on Friday filed a joint application requesting a 90-day stay of the action.

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.

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