Trump, Cohen spoke Friday as feds look into seized recordings, sources say

Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on'Days of Our Lives with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush

First, prosecutors revealed in court documents that the raiding of Cohen's home and office on Tuesday was spurred by a criminal investigation over his business dealings that has been going on for months, completely separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

"Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen and their teams were still scrambling on Friday to assess the damage from the raid early Monday morning", The Times.

The revelation comes amid a courtroom drama that unfolded Friday, as Cohen's attorneys and Trump's attorneys began a fight hours before with the US Attorney's Office in Manhattan over a massive raid of Cohen's records. She argued that materials obtained from Cohen had to be handled carefully because some could relate to a sitting president.

Just because the prosecution appears to believe Trump and Cohen are co-conspirators, that doesn't necessarily mean that will be proven, but that scenario is "clearly being scrutinized", McCarthy said.

As his lawyers went to court in NY on Friday to try to block prosecutors from reading files that were seized from the personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, this week, Mr. Trump found himself increasingly isolated in mounting a response.

A Republican finance chief linked to Donald Trump resigned Friday after a newspaper reported that the president's personal lawyer arranged a US$1.6 million (RM6.2 million) payment to a former Playboy model who claimed the fundraiser had gotten her pregnant.

"It's an estimate", replied Cohen's lawyer, Todd Harrison.

It has been an extremely bad day for President Trump's personal lawyer/fixer/capo.

The Friday hearing was scheduled to review Cohen's request for a temporary restraining order to stop prosecutors from reviewing the documents seized during the searches.




RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she spoke by telephone with Broidy, and "he tendered his resignation". Trump's advisers are said to be anxious about whether the recordings touched on any matters related to the president.

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes. A judge granted that request late Friday.

Wood ultimately demanded that Cohen's lawyers return Monday with the list of other clients - and Cohen.

A private sidebar then took place, and members of the press asked US District Judge Kimba Wood to make a transcript of that conversation public.

Another lawyer also sought to make his case: Clifford's attorney Michael Avenatti.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, said in a statement this week that the searches of Cohen's office and residences were unnecessary and that the materials seized are protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Cohen's Manhattan office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday.

Investigators are said to have sought additional records related to a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Trump in an effort to determine whether, and to what extent, Cohen tried to quash damaging information about the president during the election.

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