Feds Seized Recordings From Michael Cohen

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U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan ordered Cohen to appear in court on Monday afternoon, after holding three hearings on Friday into his request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking prosecutors from reviewing seized materials. He continued to struggle to hire a new criminal lawyer, and some of his own aides were reluctant to advise him about a response for fear of being dragged into a criminal investigation themselves...

Hendon argued that Trump is within his rights to object to the disclosure of records relating to his longtime legal representation by Cohen.

The already complex legal battle could soon see another layer of litigation, as former Clifford attorney Keith Davidson has threatened to sue following reports that Cohen recorded their phone conversations without his knowledge. The filter team is working from a list of individuals and companies they've compiled regarding people who aren't Cohen's legal clients.

Prosecutors say Cohen barely practiced law so most of the documents aren't off limits.

Wood said she would likely seal that hearing from the press and public, despite objections from the New York Times, Newsday, the Associated Press and ABC. Cohen was known to record other types of discussions and communications too, which sources say, could include communications with Trump.

Stephanie Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said it's "very possible" that the porn actress would show up at Monday's hearing on the FBI's raid on President Donald Trump's personal lawyer's home and office.

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Harrison's assertion that Cohen's documents included privileged communications involving Cohen as both an attorney and a client did not, McKay argued, validate that claim.

"The government is investigating whether there was, in connection with Trump's White House bid, a conspiracy to commit fraud and extortion for the objective of silencing potentially compromising sources - specifically, people in a position to portray Donald Trump as a womanizer", McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, said. "He is the president of the United States", she emphasized at one point.

The judge in the suit had given Cohen until Friday evening to formally request the stay.

Wood ultimately demanded that Cohen's lawyers return Monday with the list of other clients - and Cohen. The team's primary responsibility is to separate materials that are protected by attorney-client privilege to avoid later claims that the government improperly accessed the documents, according to the New York Law Journal.

Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Mr. Cohen, referred to his earlier description of the raid as "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Cohen's tumultuous week began with federal investigators raiding his home and office on Monday.