Cohen isn't the biggest catch from Trump World


The information gathered so far in the probe suggests "that the overwhelming majority of evidence" FBI agents seized from Cohen in a raid this week will not contain privileged attorney-client communications between Cohen and Trump but will relate to Cohen's "personal business dealings and finances", federal lawyers said in court documents.

The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment Cohen made to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006.

Hannity, an outspoken supporter of Trump, has been a fierce critic of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

In response to Cohen's motion to prevent prosecutors from using evidence collected in Monday's raids of his home and office, the USA attorney in NY asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation".

According to several reports, Trump's lawyers filed papers Sunday to stop any review of the materials - which were seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel room last week.

Lawyers for Michael Cohen argued in court on Monday that they could not identify Hannity because he asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with an Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files and they wanted to protect him from embarrassment, CBS2's Alice Gainer reported.

Avenatti had tweeted on Friday about Cohen's ordered appearance with a comment that the "weather forecast for Monday looks very Stormy".

In their filing opposing Cohen's request for a restraining order, prosecutors redacted the specific crimes they suspect Cohen of having committed but indicated they involve "acts of concealment" and fraud.

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Wood is also expected to hear from a lawyer representing Trump. In 2013, says the Wall Street Journal, it was Cohen who spiked an Us Weekly story on the alleged affair between Audrey O'Day, the former Danity Kane member and Celebrity Apprentice contestant, and Donald Trump Jr., the man who inherited both his father's name and intelligence of a toaster.

"It nearly goes without saying, unfortunately", Harrison wrote, "that none of Mr. Cohen's clients want to be associated with the government raid on his home and law office, or want to be affiliated in any way with the proceedings here and the attendant media coverage".

Cohen's lawyer argued Friday during a hastily scheduled court hearing in NY that documents and devices seized from Cohen should be protected by attorney-client privilege.

A Monday court filing said Michael Cohen has had three clients over the past year. He did not attend Friday's hearing and was then ordered by the judge to appear in court Monday to help answer questions about his law practice.

Cohen's lawyers said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office. Attorneys for Cohen say they want first crack.

His lawyers want to be allowed to decide which items seized are protected by attorney-client privilege before criminal prosecutors see them.

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the footnote argues, citing a story by CNN's Kevin Liptak.