Trump lawyer doubles down on claim he's never been to Prague

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The details in court papers came as lawyers for Cohen and Trump sought to block the Justice Department from examining records and electronic devices, including two cell phones, seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday from Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box.

Hilariously, prosecutors also slammed Cohen's claims of attorney-client privilege. Why?

Cohen has publicly declared that he would defend the President to the end.

The Trump interventions came as federal prosecutors in NY confirmed Cohen "is being investigated for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings". The filing came in response to Cohen's effort to block prosecutors from reviewing documents seized in searches of his home and office on Monday. Authorities revealed that they searched a number of email accounts used by Cohen.

A 22-page opposition document filed by the USA attorney to counter Cohen's request for a temporary restraining order on seized files (pdf) reveals that the Southern District has been privy to Cohen's email for a while now, having obtained a previously undisclosed search warrant. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address. Romanians were among the hackers present, it says, and the discussion touched on using Bulgaria as a location where they could "lie low".

McClatchy said in its report that confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent that alleged Cohen met in Prague with a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said he should be allowed to represent the interests of Daniels.

But they also want DOJ and the FBI to investigate whether the representations the Federal Bureau of Investigation made to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain a warrant that started the surveillance of the Trump transition team "were in error".

The Justice Department is asking for a so-called taint team to vet the material seized in the raids Monday, as is standard process.

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

Joanna Hendon, Donald Trump's latest lawyer, arrives at the court in NY. He is expected to make his first appearance at the hearing in U.S. District Court in NY, where his presence has been ordered by a judge considering a request on how to handle materials seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.

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

"I think Monday afternoon could prove to be very interesting".

"His attorney-client privilege is no stronger than anyone else who seeks legal advice", McKay told Wood.

Avenatti also said a copy of the non-disclosure agreement signed by Daniels in 2016 was sent to Cohen at his Trump Organization office in NY.

"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Mr Cohen's lawyer Mr Todd Harrison told the judge.

Avanetti then made his argument, to be expended on in another hearing later on Friday. Woodsaid she had been intending to protect the identities of "innocent people" whose information was scooped up in the raids.

The move followed a Wall Street Journal report that Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen negotiated and arranged the payout as hush money to the model, who has not been named.

Hendon said Trump was entitled to have a say in order to ensure the "appearance of fairness".

Whatever the judge decided, Hendon said, would have to "withstand scrutiny for all time". "The client can waive the privilege, the lawyer cannot".

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