Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation

Michael Cohen seeks restraining order on items seized by feds

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

They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation. Previous search warrants allowed NY federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said. Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion.

At the same time, Trump has found it hard to hire a new criminal lawyer to help him in the case, the Times reported.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has until Monday morning to produce the names of his clients, with proof of their relationship, or face having the temporary restraining order his attorneys were in court seeking Friday tossed by U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of NY.

The lawyers said they should be allowed to identify which of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege before prosecutors get to look at them. Her client, the president, "as the privilege-holder, has an acute interest in this issue", she said. "This is of most concern to him".

"The issues here are straightforward", he said. He has described it as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Mr. Cohen and his client, Mr. Trump.

Avenatti spoke outside the court at Friday's hearing and then followed with a suggestive tweet that "the weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy".

Federal prosecutors made that disclosure on Friday in responding to a request by Cohen for a judge to restrict the government's ability to review the evidence the FBI collected in those raids.

Joanna Hendon, a new lawyer for Trump who appeared in court, said her law firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument.

Cohen's attorneys say they want a chance to review documents seized in the raid on Monday and specify items they believe aren't relevant to the investigation. According to Strom, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held that only special circumstances about the clients themselves would justify the court sealing the names of Cohen's clients.

"I'm not trying to delay anything but nor do I see a particular rush", Hendon said.

Another lawyer also sought to make his case during the later hearing: Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti.

Monday's raid infuriated Trump, who has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt".

"The SDNY is unquestionably conducting a criminal investigation, and a federal judge would not have authorized search warrants absent finding probable cause that federal crimes may have been committed", he added.

Cohen is being investigated for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and violations of campaign laws, according to people familiar with the matter.

A source familiar with the matter said this week that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking in those raids for information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

The source said Cohen recorded some calls he had with attorney Keith Davidson, who at the time represented both Daniels and McDougal.

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