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Stormy Daniels creates a stir arriving at Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's hearing

Stormy Daniels creates a stir arriving at Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen's hearing

Cohen, Trump's fiercely loyal and pugnacious lawyer, is in court to ask a judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized from him last week as part of a criminal investigation.

Wood told prosecutors to put all the seized documents into a searchable database to determine which should come under review. At issue was exactly who gets to look at Cohen's seized documents and devices before they are turned over to prosecutors. He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney for the woman, and that he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

Prosecutors with the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are believed to have taken documents relating to a $130,000 payoff to Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic actor known as Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had a sexual encounter with Trump and was paid to keep quiet.

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, arrives for a court hearing at the US Courthouse in New York, April 16, 2018. But she added that to address concerns about "fairness" raised by Trump and Cohen's attorneys, "a special master might have a role here". "He's played by a different set of rules, or should we say no rules at all". She and Avenatti sat feet apart from Cohen but did not appear to interact. "That ends now. My attorney and I are committed to making sure everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened".

That possibility was overshadowed though by the disclosure that Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity was the third of the three clients whose communications Mr. Cohen wanted to shield by asserting attorney-client privilege.

"I've known Michael a long, long time". Prosecutors, meanwhile, argued that their investigation focused on his business dealings, not his legal work, and that Cohen, who is often referred to a Trump's "fixer", was "performing little to no legal work", and had exchanged zero e-mails with his famous client. He said that the woman was represented by Keith Davidson, an attorney who is also representing Ms. Clifford.

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"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter".

Cohen, who has worked as a lawyer and troubleshooter for Trump over the past decade, is the subject of a criminal investigation that prosecutors in NY have said focuses on his private finances and business interests.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Cohen was known for his "proclivity to make tapes" of private conversations and store them digitally.

A NY federal judge said she would consider having a neutral third party decide which documents the FBI seized from President Trump's personal lawyer should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

The Justice Department's practices are meant to protect a defendant's attorney-client privilege. Donald Trump's legal battle with his own Justice Department led to an extraordinary courtroom showdown this morning between his personal lawyer, one of America's most prestigious prosecution offices and a lavender-clad porn star fueling the media circus. "I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken".

Mueller's team is examining possible collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign team and Russian Federation, as well as allegations of corrupt behavior by Trump campaign lieutenants and of White House efforts to obstruct the investigation. Avenatti, who was sitting next to a Quartz reporter, wrote a message in large letters on an envelope and pointed it towards Daniels: "Now we know why Fox News have not been covering".


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