Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Michael Cohen's 'personal business dealings'


During the FBI's raid of Trump's lawyer's office, CNN reports they seized audio recordings between Stormy Daniels' laywer at the time, Keith Davidson, and Trump's current lawyer, Michael Cohen.

A federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled arguments on Friday over the contentious search warrant carried out earlier this week at the office and hotel room of President Trump's personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen.

After three separate hearings on the matter Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood said she did not have enough information to issue any ruling on that request.

A source familiar with the matter told CNN on Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had also seized recordings Cohen made of his communications with Keith Davidson, who had represented both Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal.

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.

It doesn't appear the raid was directly tied to Mueller's investigation.

The court hearing Friday didn't provide new insight into why agents seized the items, but the judge, prosecutors and the attorneys all spoke openly about an investigation that previously has been shrouded in secrecy.

Hilariously, prosecutors also slammed Cohen's claims of attorney-client privilege. Why? Interactions between attorneys and their clients are typically kept secret, but an exception can be made if the documents contain evidence of criminal activity.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents relate to my client", said Avenatti.

Pressed later whether Cohen was still acting as Trump's attorney, Sanders demurred. "I think the public is a close second".

If such is the case, it might be very problematic for Trump administration as it proves one of the main parts of Christopher Steele's dossier that alleged Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 US presidential elections.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past".

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. "It's an attack on what we all stand for", Trump said of the raid shortly after it took place, also stating that "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller]'".

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.

Hendon asked for a delay in court proceedings until at least Monday, saying she needed to research the law.