Stormy Daniels may show up at Cohen hearing

Appearing early Saturday morning on CNN's New Day, former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter said President Donald Trump may have put himself in more legal peril by calling his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to chat after the attorney's home and office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to The Times report, both Trump's and Cohen's legal teams on Friday were assessing the damage from documents obtained in a raid on Cohen's home and office Monday.

Judge Wood delayed until Monday a hearing in which Cohen's attorneys will argue for a restraining order to temporarily ban federal prosecutors from inspecting the records.

With the FBI's raid threatening to expose the details behind those dealings, and ongoing criminal investigation, it is understandable why Trump's fiercely loyal attorney felt the need to spend a casual afternoon with his friends. Agents seized Cohen's computers and phones, as well as documents related to a payment of $130,000 he said he made to former adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election.

But Cohen's lawyers could not immediately say how many clients - or how many documents covered by attorney-client privilege - were at stake, and prosecutors accused Cohen of trying to stall the investigation.

And he's barely doing any "legal work" for Trump, either, they claim.

Agents also sought records on Cohen's taxi business, CNN reported.

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While Cohen has admitted to no wrongdoing, the intensity of the government's investigation will put significant pressure on one of the President's closest confidants. Among those recordings: conservations between Cohen and an attorney for two women who both received hush money to hide their alleged affairs with Donald Trump. The Times reports that his advisers "have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in NY poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump". The president's lawyers have said they want to review the documents that were confiscated. "... He is the President of the United States".

He called Cohen's failure to provide "basic facts" about what might be privileged was "fatal" to his request for a TRO.

Friday's hearing was marked by multiple private conversations between the lawyers and the judge.

A Justice Department "filter team" should go ahead, prosecutors argue, in reviewing the evidence and determining which is protected under attorney-client privilege and which could be material in a potential future criminal case.

Prosecutors also say that the president's own statement that he did not know Cohen had paid Clifford may negate any claim of attorney-client privilege on that matter.

Cohen's tumultuous week began with federal investigators raiding his home and office on Monday.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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