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

Michael Cohen

As part of the grand jury probe, they wrote, investigators had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen.

"For the Department of Justice to have done this, they would have required special clearance from the U.S. Attorney. and high-level clearance from the Department of Justice".

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

The lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels says he and his client will cooperate with law enforcement. It's unclear if he ever recorded conversations he had with Trump, but one person said Trump knew Cohen taped people because he'd play the recordings to him.

A hearing on the searches has been set for 10.30am local time on Friday in a Manhattan federal court, the courthouse said.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that "Attorney-client privilege is dead!".

A lawyer for President Donald Trump sought in court on Friday to stop USA prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal attorney can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "So they considered the privilege issues, but considered them to be outweighed by the necessity to obtain evidence that couldn't be obtained otherwise".

On Monday, FBI agents raided Cohen's NY offices, acting in part on a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller to federal prosecutors in NY.

But Mueller did have a hand in instigating the raids.

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 Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels.

The Post reported Cohen is now under federal investigation for possible bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income".

In his first public comments since the raid, Cohen told CNN on Tuesday that he is rethinking how he handled the payment to Daniels because of what it has done to his family. Some senators fear doing so could lead to a constitutional crisis.

An aide said Justice Department guidance that only Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could fire Mueller was no more than guidance and did not apply to Trump, who has the authority to fire anyone in the executive branch.

An attorney for the president, Joanna Hendon, told the judge that Trump has "an acute interest in this matter".

Cohen "would be as damaging a witness against Donald Trump as any witness Mueller could secure". He has the White House Counsel's office; he has Ty Cobb, who is working the Russian Federation matter from inside the White House; and he has a personal legal team, which includes Jay Sekulow and has previously included Kasowitz and John Dowd.

Asked if Bolton forced Bossert out, Sanders said: "I'm not going to get into specific details about the ongoings of personnel, but I can tell you that he resigned".

But he doubts Cohen can be compelled to betray his own client to "save his own skin".

"He is the president of the United States", she said.

Prosecutors blacked out sections of their legal memo in which they described what laws they believe Cohen has broken, but the document provided new clues about an investigation the US attorney's office in Manhattan had previously declined to confirm existed.

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