Federal Bureau of Investigation sought Trump 'Access Hollywood' tape info in Cohen raid

FBI Whistleblower: Raid on Michael Cohen's Office To Divert from Crumbling Russiagate Probe

White House in turmoil amid fears FBI seized tapes of conversations between Donald Trump and his lawyer

Cohen's attorney has said the search was carried out on behalf of the USA attorney's office in Manhattan in part because of a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller.

In a court hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, Cohen's lawyers asked to examine the seized documents and electronic devices.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge to block the Justice Department from reviewing records seized Monday in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's apartment, hotel room, office and safety deposit box. "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third".

A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

Joanna Hendon said that as Cohen's client, Trump has the right to assert what's privileged, not Cohen.

The FBI sought communications that Donald Trump had with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen over the "Access Hollywood" tape that captured the President making lewd remarks about women a month before the 2016 election, a media report said.

Mr Cohen is heading to court on Friday in an attempt to prevent the investigators from using material seized in the raids.

The broad request also sought Cohen's communications with Trump and campaign surrogates about "potential sources of negative publicity" in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election.

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Previous reports indicated the Federal Bureau of Investigation took documents and other materials from Cohen in relation to the payment he made to an adult film actress who claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

The judge said prosecutors believed either a special "taint team" of government lawyers should decide what evidence can be properly viewed by criminal prosecutors.

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"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client", he said. Plus also they help describe why Mr. Trump was furious regarding the raid.

Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.

Daniels has publicly stated the payment was hush money to insure her silence about a 2006 affair with Trump.

The Cohen raid was overseen by the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, which was acting on a referral from the special counsel Robert Mueller after he likely uncovered evidence of potential wrongdoing related to Cohen that fell outside his purview, The Times reported earlier this week.

Indeed, The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Trump once asked why he could have "my guys" at the "Trump Justice Department" do his bidding.

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