"I don't take this position lightly", said Wood. He is maintaining his innocence.
Cohen has admitted making a $130,000 payment to Daniels days before the election. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, allegedly had an affair with the president around the time his youngest son, Barron Trump, was born.
The White House has denied there was a sexual relationship. After the searches, he stepped up attacks against Mueller's probe before saying on Thursday that he was cooperating with the authorities. "... He is the President of the United States".
Both women say they were paid to keep quiet about having had sex with Trump.
Public corruption prosecutors in the USA 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.
If Cohen used his own money and acted without Trump's knowledge, it could be considered an illegal contribution to Trump's campaign and put him in legal jeopardy.
McConnell also tells reporters he doesn't believe Mueller will be removed. The public is a close second. Dowd was firmly against Trump sitting down with Mueller's team for an interview.
Todd Harrison, an attorney for Cohen, urged U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood to issue a temporary restraining order to let either Cohen's lawyers or a court-appointed special master review the material seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents Monday in a raid of Cohen's office and residences. "It's an enormously aggressive move for any prosecutor to make, particularly given Cohen's client", said Sol Wisenberg, a deputy special prosecutor during the Starr investigation.
Under Justice Department regulations, only Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, can fire Mueller. Federal prosecutors said they would wait to review the materials until then. "The raid is seismic", Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, told MSNBC, adding such searches by the FBI indicate the possibility a crime was committed. Cohen testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session.
Paul Ryan declares support for Kevin McCarthy as next House Speaker
Ultimately, Ryan's endorsement is symbolic, but it also carries a lot of weight among rank-and-file House Republicans. The fundraiser will be held later this month in Malibu, with ticket prices starting at $10,000.
In an extraordinary turn, the man known as Donald Trump's long-time fixer is facing intensifying scrutiny by USA authorities, a situation which could pose new legal risks for the President himself.
Grassley tells Fox Business Network that Mueller may be "coming to a dead-end as far as collusion of Trump with Russian Federation in this election" and speculates Mueller may "appreciate being fired" so he could end the inquiry. That was a witch hunt.
Hendon argued Friday at the U.S. Southern District Court of NY that she needed more time to review the government's arguments about its use of records obtained from the Cohen raids and the case in general. Trump officials have denied he had relations with either woman.
The document was filed publicly after lawyers for Cohen appeared before US District Judge Kimba M. Wood to ask that they - not Justice Department lawyers - be given the first crack at reviewing the seized evidence to see whether it was relevant to the investigation or could be forwarded to criminal investigators without jeopardizing attorney-client privilege.
Sources said, according to the warrant, investigators sought records related to Cohen's interactions with adult-film star Stormy Daniels, who claims she had a one-night stand with Trump in 2006, and Playboy model Karen McDougal, who claims they had a 10-month affair from 2006 to 2007.
He called the raids a "whole new level of unfairness", on top of the almost year-long criminal investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the election aimed at helping Trump win and whether Trump obstructed justice to thwart the probe.
He unleashed his sharpest invective to date against the sweeping investigation, calling the Monday search "a disgrace".
A federal prosecutor's office says there will be a hearing Friday to address a temporary restraining order sought by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
"It's a disgrace", he said.
In a statement Monday, Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan, called the raid "inappropriate and unnecessary".