The dramatic F.B.I. raid executed Monday against Michael Cohen, the president's personal attorney, marks a turning point in the Justice Department's investigations into Donald Trump and his associates.
"I'm not sure, I would refer you to Michael Cohen on that", Huckabee Sanders said when asked if the attorney still represents Trump. "I've wanted to keep it down", he said, without quite explaining how you keep a man like Mueller "down". White House attorney Ty Cobb and White House Counsel Donald McGahn have repeatedly sought to dissuade Trump from firing Mueller and renewed their efforts after the raids, two United States officials familiar with the discussions told Reuters.
"There's an appearance of fairness problem here", she said. And that's extremely unfortunate for him, because a more competent lawyer might be better equipped to deal with being squarely in the FBI's crosshairs. He says: "I think he will be allowed to finish the job".
"The last thing a trial team wants is to be subject to suppression based on a breach of the attorney-client privilege that could have been avoided", said Jacob Frenkel, a Washington lawyer who is not involved in the case. It is not yet clear which of these tangled lines the U.S. Attorney is pursuing, or what the relation of the raid to other areas that Mueller is looking at might be. "The issues here are straightforward", he said. We look at the legal precedent for this type of raid and what it could mean for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
The federal agents reportedly collected emails, business documents and other records - some related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels.
Michael Cohen, the President's personal lawyer, is in the crosshairs of a federal investigation that is examining his role in payments made to two women who say they had affairs with Mr. Trump, according to The New York Times. Moscow has also denied any wrongdoing.
On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized electronics and documents, including Cohen's communications with his clients. First, the recordings would be reviewed by a separate Justice Department team and possibly by a federal judge. Or, they said, the court could appoint a special master for that objective. When he introduced himself to the judge in order to ask to be heard, Wood seemed to indicate that she was already aware of his identity. Also, could this raid have a damaging effect on attorney-client relations going forward?
Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.
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.
McDougal, a former Playmate, was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story and would penalize her for speaking publicly about the affair.
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