Trump Worlds Collide as Cohen Meets Stormy Daniels in New York Court

Trump Worlds Collide as Cohen Meets Stormy Daniels in New York Court

Cohen is "being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings", Thomas McKay, an assistant United States attorney, said in a court filing.

"I think it's pretty amusing", Hannity said. On Friday, US District Judge Kimba Wood demanded Cohen appear on Monday - creating a frenzy of reporters outside the courthouse in lower Manhattan.

Hannity said he assumed the conversations between himself and Cohen were "attorney-client confidential" but made clear on his show "not one of any issue I ever dealt with Michael Cohen on ever involved a matter between me and any third party".

Federal prosecutors in NY want a special "taint team" of government lawyers to begin reviewing files seized from Cohen during FBI raids last week, so they can decide which are protected by attorney-client privilege and which may be used to prosecute Cohen.

The letter said that in 2017 and 2018, Cohen had "at least ten clients", but seven of those were business consulting clients whose work did not involve legal advice.

Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Mr Cohen, said at Friday's hearing there were thousands of documents seized that were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.

Prosecutors suggested in their filing that while Cohen "holds himself out as a practicing attorney", he is actually exaggerating the extent of his work in an attempt to cast a wide net of attorney-client privilege over the records seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We knew he also facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a Playmate who got pregnant during an affair with Elliott Broidy, the former deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee. "Upon information and belief, the unnamed legal client's matters are responsive to any matter covered by. the search warrants".

On Monday, a judge had ordered Cohen to release a list of his clients following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on Cohen's legal practice and his home.

In making their requests, Trump and Cohen contend that the Justice Department policy is unfair and infringes on constitutional protections.

That procedure involves having a "taint team" - also referred to as a "filter team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege.

A lawyer for Mr Trump, Joanna Hendon, asked in a filing on Sunday to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president, which she described as being seized amid a "highly politicised, even fevered, atmosphere".

People familiar with the Cohen investigation have said he is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud.

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