Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

Federal Bureau of Investigation sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid

The FBI also reportedly seized a slew of other materials in the Cohen raid, including material from his cellphones, tablet, laptop, and a safe deposit box, reports the New York Times.

President Trump lashed out against the raid, calling it an attack on the country. A federal judge will hear arguments concerning the search warrant used to obtain documents from attorney Michael Cohen's office and home earlier this week.

Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation the USA attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed.

"Absent a search warrant, these records could have been deleted without record, and without recourse", prosecutors wrote.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation may also have seized recordings that Cohen made of his conversations.

At a hearing in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Joanna Hendon, a lawyer for Trump, said the president had "acute" and "weighty" interests at stake.

"He is the president of the United States", she said. "Ultimately, in my view, this is of most concern to him".

Part of the hearing dealt with whether disputes regarding the documents should be closed to the public. "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third". 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.

Cohen's lawyers, Todd Harrison and Joseph Evans, rejected that argument in a legal memo.

Attorney Joanna Hendon, representing President Donald Trump, second right, talks to Michael Avenatti, attorney and spokesperson for adult film actress Stormy Daniels at Federal court, Friday, April 13, 2018, in NY.

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

Cohen is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday, a Justice Department spokesman said earlier on Friday.

Trump repeatedly denounced the raids as disgraceful.

. Outside court, he said: "We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client". He then followed with a suggestive tweet that "the weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy".

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. 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.

White House officials declined to comment.

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