Federal prosecutors revealed on Friday that their probe of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, involved suspected fraud and the attorney's personal business dealings and was going on long enough that investigators had already covertly obtained his emails.
The revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained recordings during the raid comes a day after The Washington Post reported that some of Trump's allies were anxious that investigators may have seized recorded conversations between Trump and Cohen.
A lawyer for President Trump argued Friday for a delay in reviewing the potential evidence seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney earlier this week. "Truth, lies and leadership", James Comey calls Donald trump a "mafia boss", requires the people around him absolute loyalty, who believes that the whole world is against him, and the man who lied to everyone about it. Or, they said, the court could appoint a special master for that objective.
They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation.
None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.
Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.
Trump "is the President of the United States", Hendon said. "This is of most concern to him. And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third".
Prosecutors submitted their brief after Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay said the government was willing to argue in open court about the review process - without delving into details of the investigation.
Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice". They also seized documents tied to payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 in hush money in a deal hashed out with Cohen.
"This court should not accept Cohen's invitation to make new law and convert a duly authorized search warrant into a subpoena", prosecutors said, calling it a "dangerous precedent" to let defense lawyers delay a probe "in a case of national interest". In that recording, Trump can be heard boasting about kissing and groping women without their permission.
Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court.
Avenatti's interest was in whether the seized documents applied in any way to his client.
The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.