Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Hearing Underway in NY on FBI Raid of President Trump's Attorney

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Adrian Cunningham | 16 April, 2018, 04:19

Trump, a Republican, sent his own lawyer to a hastily arranged hearing before a federal judge in Manhattan to argue that some of the records and communications seized were confidential attorney-client communications and off-limits to investigators.

Trump attorney Joanna Hendon told the judge that the president has "an acute interest in these proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed".

"He is the president of the United States", she said. "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third".

The investigation is being run by Robert Khuzami, a veteran federal prosecutor whose boss, Geoffrey Berman, is the interim USA attorney for the Southern District of NY.

He has described the raids as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Cohen and his client, Trump.

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Trump's "attorney-client privilege is no different" than any other citizen, McKay said. Legal experts said Trump's communications with Cohen that do not involve seeking legal advice would not be covered by that protection.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were also looking for information about money paid to two women who claim they had an affair with Mr. Trump before he was president.

The Justice Department said Friday that Cohen is part of a criminal investigation.

Cohen has been accused of making an in-kind contribution to Trump's campaign by paying Clifford with his own money in order to benefit the president's run for office. He told Wood he had every reason to think some of the documents involved his client, and he asked to be heard when the hearing reconvenes. 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. Sources who've seen the warrants say it appeared to them that the real target of the raids was President Trump.

The FBI was also looking for information about the $150,000 payment made by the publisher of the National Enquirer, American Media Inc. -whose owner is friends with the president-to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.