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Stormy Daniels may show up at Trump lawyer Cohen hearing

Stormy Daniels may show up at Trump lawyer Cohen hearing

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen yesterday denied a media report that the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has evidence Cohen visited Prague that year.

They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation. Prosecutors revealed that they had already secretly obtained many of Cohen's emails.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's NY office and home this week, partly based on a referral from Mueller.

After hearing the matter Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood said she did not have enough information to issue any ruling on that request.

The Friday motion said that because of that overlap, "Mr Cohen's Fifth Amendment rights may be adversely impacted if this case proceeds", a reference to the possibility that his testimony could be used by prosecutors to build a related criminal case against him. "And I'm even more amazed that this is the guy that the President of the United States would pick as his fixer". I think the public is a close second.

"His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice", McKay told Wood.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump, a person familiar with the matter has said.

Daniels has until Monday evening to file her opposition, and then Cohen will have through Tuesday evening to respond.

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He tweeted on Saturday: "Bad reporting, bad information and bad story by same reporter Peter Stone @McClatchyDC".

These could include claims by Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claimed to have had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. In a footnote in its filing, the prosecutors expressed doubt that any communications between Trump and Cohen regarding a payoff to Daniels before the election would be covered under attorney-client privilege.

Searches of lawyers' offices are rare but not unheard of, and prosecutors use what is called a separate "taint team" to review the material and exclude any documents that are covered by the attorney-client privilege.

Hendon asked for a delay in court proceedings until at least Monday, saying she needed to research the law.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client", he said.

"[Fusion GPS] recklessly placed it beyond their control and allowed it to fall into the hands of media devoted to breaking news on the hottest subject of the day: the Trump candidacy", read the lawsuit filed in NY state court.

Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.


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