A federal decide in NY has instructed attorneys for President Trump, his private lawyer Michael Cohen and the Trump Group to look in court docket Thursday amid an ongoing dispute about supplies seized in an FBI raid earlier this month.
Lawyers for Trump and Cohen have said Daniels' civil lawsuit overlaps the criminal probe of Cohen's business affairs, and that letting her case proceed could both impair Cohen's constitutional right against self-incrimination and make it harder for Trump to defend himself. She later added Cohen as a defendant.
Judge Kimba Wood scheduled a conference in Manhattan federal court as she decides how the files taken in a court-authorized search of Cohen's properties should be reviewed to protect the attorney-client privilege.
In the filing Wednesday, Cohen said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had seized "various electronic devices and documents" that contained information relating to the payment to Daniels, as well as related communications with Cohen's lawyer, Brent Blakely.
She's looking to get a so-called hush agreement between her, Cohen and the president thrown out. Federal prosecutors in NY say they are investigating Cohen's personal business dealings.
Cohen says in his letter that he "first realized that his Fifth Amendment rights would be implicated in this case" on April 10 - one day after the FBI's raids.
"This is a stunning development", Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, said in a tweet.
"Mr. Cohen is a key witness in this action and Defendants' most knowledgeable person with respect to the facts", asserts his attorney Brent Blakely, noting that Cohen negotiated the settlement agreement with Daniels' previous lawyer and arranged for the payment. "Never before in our nation's history has the attorney for the sitting President invoked the 5th Amend in connection with issues surrounding the President".