President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on Friday filed for a 90-day delay in porn star Stormy Daniels' defamation lawsuit, citing Monday's raids on his home, office and hotel room by USA prosecutors.
President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has been under criminal investigation for months by federal prosecutors who empaneled a grand jury to probe his business dealings beyond his law practice, according to a new court filing.
Uncertainty over exactly what Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized from Mr Cohen comes as Mr Trump faces an intensifying probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation.
But that may be the least of Cohen's troubles as the Department of Justice says Cohen is "under criminal investigation" not only for his possible dealings with Daniels, but bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance issues as well.
Outlets say a hearing to address Cohen's restraining order request is scheduled for Friday. The lawyers argued that the raids affected other Cohen's clients and were a violation of attorney-client privilege.
Trump lawyer Joanna Herndon, who said she was hired on Wednesday, asked for the adjournment to give the president's legal team time to make arguments. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 before the election to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. Wood also ordered Cohen to provide a list of his clients.
"Cohen's claim that he has confidential communications with multiple clients appears to be exaggerated".
McKay replied that the president's attorney-client privilege "is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice".
The judge also heard a request from Michael Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, to weigh in on the files because they likely involved her, and the judge consented.
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.
"I am confident that we're not talking about two or three or five or seven different women, we're going to get well into the double digits when it's all said and done", Avenatti said on MSNBC's AM Joy Saturday.
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.