Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"

Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's

The FBI agents who raided the office and hotel of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen, were seeking details on his relationship with the Trump campaign and his efforts to suppress negative information about Trump, according to three people briefed on the matter.

Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".

The FBI also reportedly seized a slew of other materials in the Cohen raid, including material from his cellphones, tablet, laptop, and a safe deposit box, reports the New York Times. He called Mueller's investigation "an attack on our country". But the fact that the agents were seeking documents related to the tape reveals a new front in the investigation into Mr. Cohen that is being led by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan.

The lawyers say the records are protected by attorney-client privilege and they want to review the documents before prosecutors analyze them.

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

Mr. Cohen, you said you're not anxious at all?

President Trump's legal team is looking to block federal investigators from using documents seized from the president's lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen has been accused of making an in-kind contribution to Trump's campaign by paying Clifford with his own money in order to benefit the president's run for office.

In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were also looking for information about money paid to two women who claim they had an affair with Mr. Trump before he was president.

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client", he said.

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. Cohen has stated that he paid Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016-less than two weeks before Election Day-to keep her quiet about her one-time tryst with Trump.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.

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