Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Trump lawyer Cohen seeks delay in porn star's lawsuit

Cohen is Trump's personal lawyer Cohen is Trump's personal lawyer
Gerardo Duncan | 14 April, 2018, 22:13

Investigators have also looked for a possible broader pattern of fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and other crimes in Cohen's private dealings, including his work for Trump and real estate purchased by Russian buyers, the person said.

The US attorney in NY asserted in response that the raids had been authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation".

In Friday's filing, prosecutors said it would be "unprecedented" to allow Cohen's lawyers to decide what it is privileged, and that the government should be allowed to use its own "taint team", or "filter team", to do the job.

Prosecutors on April 9 executed search warrants on Cohen's residence, home, safety deposit box and electronic devices. A brief they filed in response to Cohen's court action revealed that he'd been under investigation for months and that the FBI had searched multiple email accounts.

From there, Cohen became a fixture in the president's organization. Davidson said Cohen argued that the women had waived attorney-client privilege by going public with their stories.

Cohen and the company, represented by Brent Blakely, and Trump, represented by Charles Harder, have asked the court to send the case to arbitration - as required by the agreement.

A lawyer for Cohen, Stephen M. Ryan, on Monday said that US prosecutors conducted a search that was partly a referral by the Office of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller. Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, declined to comment on Friday morning. According to the Times, Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in", which is probably not wise for a president to do when it involves an associate under federal investigation - especially if that president's associate has a habit of recording conversations.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income", prosecutors wrote. They also argue that Daniels, too, would be prejudiced, because, they write, she "likely would be unable to obtain the documents and deposition testimony that she is seeking from Mr. Cohen" - presumably because he would invoke the Fifth Amendment privilege.

Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal or Clifford.

The alleged call took place while attorneys separately representing Trump and Cohen were asking a federal judge to restrict the Justice Department from reviewing communications between Trump and Cohen.

The Southern District of NY prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.

Federal prosecutors made that disclosure on Friday in responding to a request by Cohen for a judge to restrict the government's ability to review the evidence the FBI collected in those raids.

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