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Trump lawyer Cohen seeks delay in porn star's lawsuit

Trump lawyer Cohen seeks delay in porn star's lawsuit Trump lawyer Cohen seeks delay in porn star's lawsuit
Ray Hunter | 14 April, 2018, 22:15

The filing, signed by acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami in the Southern District of NY, also says that while the current investigation was referred by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, the NY investigation "has proceeded independent" of Mueller's work.

Court filings Friday provided insight into the government's own skepticism over Cohen's claims about the material seized earlier this week.

The FBI also obtained warrants to seize material from Cohen's cell phones, laptop, tablet, and a safe deposit box.

In a court filing on Friday, federal prosecutors confirmed that Cohen was over his firm transactions rather than his private work, chiefly under legal investigation for decades.

"If a lawyer is involved with a client in a criminal conspiracy, the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege strips their communications of privileged status", he said, and if Cohen had incriminating items in his office, he's not shielded from liability, even if he's a lawyer. Mr Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Mr Cohen, declined to comment. In a footnote, the government stated that the Manhattan prosecutors' investigation "has proceeded independent from" Mueller's, and that suggestions that Mueller's team "drafted the search warrants is unfounded".

It is unknown whether Mr Cohen taped conversations between himself and Mr Trump.

Daniels, the adult film star whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, is seeking to have a 2016 settlement agreement that her lawyer calls a "hush agreement" tossed out, in part, because Trump didn't sign it. Daniels received $130,000 under the agreement, facilitated by Cohen through a company, Essential Consultants, LLC, that he set up for the payment. Records related to Cohen's taxi medallion business were also sought. Hendon, who said Trump hired her on Wednesday evening, urged Wood not to decide who gets first shot to review seized documents until after she files a brief by Sunday night.

One problem for Cohen - who is known to be very loyal to the president - is that the rap against him may include state charges, meaning that a presidential pardon wouldn't necessarily help his case.

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Cohen's lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what crime they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has committed.

Outlets say a hearing to address Cohen's restraining order request is scheduled for Friday.

Hendon also told the judge that she has conveyed her concerns about the use of a "taint team" in the Cohen raids.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Legal experts said Mr Cohen's taped conversations would be viewed by prosecutors as highly valuable.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who now represents Daniels, responded to the CNN report in a tweet on Friday.

Under US law, communications between attorneys and their clients are privileged and must remain confidential, but judges can grant exceptions in cases involving criminal wrongdoing.

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