Trump lawyer Cohen seeks delay in porn star's lawsuit

Avenatti tweeted on Thursday to claim the payment had happened'in the last 18 months and was on behalf of a GOP donor based in Los Angeles

Avenatti tweeted on Thursday to claim the payment had happened'in the last 18 months and was on behalf of a GOP donor based in Los Angeles

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's offices and home on Monday as part of a probe into possible bank and tax fraud and possible campaign law violation connected to the payment, a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents that were seized relate to my client", her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told US District Judge Kimba Wood at a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Friday.

Federal investigators in NY are looking into years' worth of Cohen's business dealings, as well as lawyering he did for Trump as his longtime personal attorney, fixer, and confidant.

Democratic investigators for the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are conducting parallel inquiries into Russia's election interference, are skeptical about whether Cohen was truthful about his 2016 travels to Europe when they interviewed him last October, two people familiar with those investigations said. Officials redacted a section in the document explaining why they thought they could not trust Cohen to turn over records willingly.

On Saturday, he tweeted, "Bad reporting, bad information, and bad story" in reference to the article by reporters Peter Stone and Greg Gordon. Agents, they wrote, had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen after securing an earlier search warrant.

An attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels says President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen will likely be indicted.

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"This has clearly been a delay tactic from the outset", said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address. McDougal said her lawyer at the time secretly negotiated with Cohen on a deal with American Media Inc, publisher of the National Enquirer, which paid her $150,000 in 2016 to keep quiet. According to the documents, "Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications" (p.1) and "performs little to no legal work" (p.4). He said he should be allowed to represent the interests of Daniels.

Hendon said Trump was entitled to have a say in order to ensure the "appearance of fairness". "He is the president of the United States", she emphasized at one point.

"It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his client", attorney Stephen Ryan said in the statement.

"I know that the President worked with him as a personal attorney".

"It's meant to send the message that this is a serious matter for her and she wants to make sure that the American people know that she is behind efforts to bring to light as much information and documents as possible", Avenatti said.

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