Trump lawyer seeks to halt quick review of materials in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Adjust Comment Print

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen drives after leaving his hotel in New York Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday, a Justice Department spokesman said on Friday.

Both women say they were paid to keep quiet about having had sex with Trump.

If Cohen used his own money and acted without Trump's knowledge, it could be considered an illegal contribution to Trump's campaign and put him in legal jeopardy.

"The viability of this prosecution, it has to be done right", Hendon told US District Judge Kimba Wood.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge on Friday to block investigators from reviewing material the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in a search of Cohen's office and residence on Monday.

As part of the grand jury probe, they wrote, investigators had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear that White House officials have explored Trump's authority to fire Mueller.

McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed.

Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation the US attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen reportedly said "I'd rather jump out of a building than turn on Donald Trump", during a conversation with a radio host on Wednesday. That suggests Mueller's team uncovered evidence of something criminal but tangential to their mandate of investigating Russian interference, lawyers say. "I think that things are going to sound like they are slowing down for a little bit because all of this information has to be pulled, digested, analyzed, inputted into a bigger picture", he cautioned.

The White House official said it is unclear if Trump has spoken to Cohen.

The GOP whip says lawmakers are letting the White House know that firing Mueller "would be a mistake" as Trump fumes over the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his personal attorney's home and office. As part of his ad hoc monologue on the subject he mused that "many people" have said he should fire Mueller. "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be".

Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office. "If the warrant specifically authorized the seizure of attorney-client communications, the government would have had to convince a federal magistrate that the crime-fraud exception was in play", Wisenberg added.

The lawyer for the Playboy model involved with Broidy said his client had no statement and clarified that she isn't McDougal. Again, it's just as convenient for Mueller to have someone else do that, and in the case of Trump's past business dealings, even more convenient for Mueller.

His anger continued through Tuesday morning, when he apparently referred to the special counsel investigation as a "total witch hunt".

As Bloomberg reported Monday, the impetus for the warrant was circuitous: Mueller brought information he had uncovered about Cohen to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was put in charge of the Trump-Russia probe following Attorney General Jeff Sessions's recusal previous year, and then Rosenstein made a referral to the S.D.New York. He also called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country", prompting new speculation that he might seek the removal of the Justice Department's special counsel.

While the search was overseen by the USA attorney's office in the Southern District of NY, the lawyers regard it as a direct extension of Mueller's investigation.