"Is it legal for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to raid the offices of the attorney of the president of the United States of America and seize those files and thus come between the attorney client privilege?"
CNN's Gloria Borger, Sara Sidner, and Scott Glover report that Cohen recorded his conversations with attorney Keith Davidson, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom received money to stay silent about their alleged encounters with Trump.
In forceful language, prosecutors struck back at claims by Trump and others that the Monday raids violated the attorney-client privilege between Trump and Cohen or amounted to an improper extension of the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Cohen's lawyers are expected to complain to Manhattan federal court judge Kimba Wood about the scope of the documents the FBI took from his hotel room and office earlier this week, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
The investigation is being run by Robert Khuzami, a veteran federal prosecutor whose boss, Geoffrey Berman, is the interim US attorney for the Southern District of NY.
Part of the hearing dealt with whether disputes regarding the documents should be closed to the public.
Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".More news: DefExpo 2018: Govt committed to peace, its people, territory, says PM Modi
The search warrant also sought evidence of whether the lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump called Cohen this morning, before the court hearing.
Mr. Cohen, you said you're not anxious at all?
Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, was in the audience for the court session and asked the judge to be heard at 2 p.m. Cohen has stated that he paid Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016-less than two weeks before Election Day-to keep her quiet about her one-time tryst with Trump.
Trump has denounced the raid as a "disgrace", an "attack" on the nation, and "a witch-hunt".More news: Storm system bringing ice, sleet, snow, rain, possible flooding to Mid-Michigan