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Trump slams 'witch hunt' as his lawyer's office is raided

15 April 2018

A judicial hearing has adjourned until 2 p.m. on efforts by President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to prevent federal investigators from using materials the FBI seized in a search of his Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room this week.

It links to an article titled, "Donald Trump Relied on Michael Cohen to Weather the Storm".

Because of the sensitive interests involved and the inherent risks of damage to legitimate attorney-client relationships, the Department of Justice has established certain heightened procedures ("Searches of Premises of Subject Attorneys") that must be complied with before seeking a warrant to search an attorney's premises. He said the president could "assert" his rights as Cohen's client and "go into court and seek to demand returned every bit of information that is arguably lawyer-client privilege before anybody has a chance to read anything". The probe into allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation has careened into a dive into the dumpster of a payoff to a porn actress to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Mr. Trump.

The FBI reportedly is looking into whether or not the payments made to Daniels and McDougal could possibly violate campaign finance laws, and if so, this could mean a world of trouble for Trump, who has denied both women's accounts.

Dershowitz advised Trump to use "every legal tactic available to him" to fight Mueller and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Prosecutors and the attorneys for Cohen and Trump appeared before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Friday in Manhattan.

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Attorney-client privilege allows clients to discuss their legal troubles with lawyers, protecting them from being incriminated by said correspondence. That could trigger what is called the "crime-fraud exception" to the attorney-client privilege.

Still, he told CNN, he remains loyal to the president.

But the legitimacy of warrants can be challenged, even after they have been issued.

The raids represent a dramatic escalation of a federal inquiry led by Mueller into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and possible collusion by Trump campaign aides.

In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.

The details in court papers came as lawyers for Cohen and Trump sought to block the Department of Justice from examining records and electronic devices, including two cellphones, seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday from Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box.

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Mueller's move against Trump's innermost circle is an expression of a loss of confidence within the ruling class in Trump's ability to manage their foreign policy affairs, but also, crucially, his ability to deal with an increasingly tense internal situation.

Cohen remains insistent that the $130,000 "hush agreement" payment to Trump mistress Stormy Daniels was legal, but told Lemon that given the raid, he'd "rethink how he handled the payments" because of how the search impacted his family.

The lawyers repeated those arguments after Monday's raids targeting Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, but have made little or no progress persuading the president, the officials said. "Many people have said, 'You should fire him, ' " said Mr. Trump.

Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election, but has not explained why.

But he doubts Cohen can be compelled to betray his own client to "save his own skin".

The advice of the lawyers takes on greater significance following the departure of key aides, such as Hope Hicks, who recently resigned as White House communications director.

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Trump slams 'witch hunt' as his lawyer's office is raided