One More Word About The Stormy Daniels Affair

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Lawyers for Trump and Cohen say the raids were inappropriate, unnecessary and a violation of attorney-client privilege.

Citing information from an unidentified "Kremlin insider", Steele's dossier says the Prague meeting agenda also included discussion - "in cryptic language for security reasons - of how to "sweep it all under the carpet and make sure no connection could be fully established or proven".

Federal agents seized records on a variety of subjects in raids Monday on Cohen's Manhattan office, apartment and hotel room, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump.

She won't be offering testimony but will be present in the NY courtroom for Cohen's hearing related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his home and office. His lawyer didn't immediately return a request for comment Sunday.

While the exact nature of the agency's investigation remains unclear, the attorney has filed a temporary restraining order asking the court to "have all seized items be made available to Mr. Cohen's counsel to conduct a review of the documents in the first instance and produce to the government all responsive, non-privileged items". The judge requested that Cohen be present in court on Monday.

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Michael Cohen, an attorney long known as President Donald Trump's fixer, has become Trump's biggest headache. "It's an attack on what we all stand for", Trump said of the raid shortly after it took place, also stating that "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller]'".

The filing, signed by acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami in the Southern District of NY, also says that while the current investigation was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller, the NY investigation "has proceeded independent" of Mueller's work. He continued to struggle to hire a new criminal lawyer, and some of his own aides were reluctant to advise him about a response for fear of being dragged into a criminal investigation themselves. Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning and has not been charged with a crime.

"It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney client communications between a lawyer and his client", attorney Stephen Ryan said in the statement. Daniels accuses Cohen of buying her silence ahead of the 2016 election.

Cohen has admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. election, but denies it was because of an alleged affair between the adult actress and Trump.

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