Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen said in a Manhattan federal court filing Monday morning that a federal raid last week may have seized items relating to another client, venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, who has been tied to payoffs to a Playboy model. He declined to say whether Daniels has met with investigators but told reporters he and his client are "fully cooperating" with the U.S. Attorney's Office.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is set to appear in court Monday afternoon.
Daniels' attorney says Cohen orchestrated a protest against him in Florida, and then mocked the small turnout.
Cohen, Trump's lawyer, to appear at Manhattan court hearing
"I think her message has been consistent and that is, she wants everyone to tell the truth", he told reporters before jumping into a vehicle. In a tweet, he also responded to Trump's comment about how "all lawyers" are feeling after the Cohen raid.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay said in court that the government took images of the contents of most electronic devices, leaving them behind after the raids, and that cataloguing evidence might be delayed because some devices must be sent to an Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory to "decrypt" because they require code words.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Sunday night, other lawyers working on Trump's behalf argue that the president should have a chance to review the material ahead of investigators.
Last week's raids came after a "months-long" investigation of possible crimes related largely to Cohen's business dealings, rather than his work as a lawyer, prosecutors said in a court filing on Friday. That team, they said, could provide the documents to Trump and other Cohen clients for their own review.More news: Competitive Gamer Billy Mitchell Responds To His World Records Being Stripped Off
Joanna Hendon, Trump's lawyer, told an initial court hearing last Friday that the United States president has an "acute interest" in the matter.
A taint team is essentially responsible for protecting attorney-client privilege, more precisely, if the confiscated documents from a lawyer hold privileged information that is unrelated to the case, the taint team makes sure the prosecutor does not access that information so that it may not play a role in "tainting" their judgment. A judge is scheduled to hear arguments over the issue later Monday.
Each search warrant specifically describes how records seized that may fall into attorney-client privilege will be filtered out by a team that's walled off from the federal agents who have conducted the investigation, the prosecutors wrote.
Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"More news: Politicians preoccupied with 2019 poll but I'm bothered about security
Prosecutors say that request should be rejected, noting that there is an established two-step process to determine what material is covered by attorney-client privilege. He has denied wrongdoing.
Michael Cohen's legal career continued its plunge toward the bottom of Disbarment Sea this weekend, as reports that he is the subject of a federal criminal probe were quickly eclipsed by the revelation that in Republican circles, Cohen has quietly earned a reputation as New York's preeminent practitioner of "Find creative ways to ensure that your chronic philandering never interferes with your family's political aspirations" law.More news: Dez Bryant: 'Everything is still up in the air'