Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump's personal lawyer to challenge seizure of documents during Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Sources: Real Target of FBI Raid Revealed FBI sought records related to 'Access Hollywood' tape during Michael Cohen raid (report)
Julia Gonzales | 16 April, 2018, 04:19

Monday's raids of attorney Michael Cohen's home and office followed a referral by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who for almost a year has been looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

The disclosure comes a day after it was revealed that the authorities also sought documents from Mr. Cohen related to payments made to two women who claim they had affairs with Mr. Trump, Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford, as well as information on the role of the publisher of The National Enquirer in silencing the women.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country". But, as the Times notes, the fact that agents were looking for documents related to the tape exposed a "new front" in the investigation into Cohen by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan.

He has described the raids as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Cohen and his client, Trump. Prosecutors can also obtain privileged communications between an attorney and client if they have evidence those interactions further a crime or fraud.

Prosecutors said today their criminal probe is focused on Cohen's personal business dealings.

As the Michael Cohen investigation continues to roll on, our Verify team looks back at Trump's "attorney client privilege is dead" tweet from Tuesday.

JPMorgan gains after breakout earnings report
Now it had 216,625 shares held by the hedge fund. $376.17 billion is the MC of Jpmorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) for 4,003 shares. Old Point Trust & Financial Services N A holds 5.34% of its portfolio in Old Point Financial Corporation for 331,640 shares.

The raid on Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney and fixer, has rattled the president; any investigation into Cohen pulls the FBI directly into Trump's inner circle.

None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.

The FBI was also seeking potential evidence of Cohen attempting to "suppress" any information about the president before the 2016 election, according to the Times.

Avenatti said it's "very possible" that the porn actress would show up at Monday's hearing.

Public corruption prosecutors in the US attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford.

White House officials declined to comment.

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