President Trump's advisers have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation into his personal lawyer poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation, according to several people close to Trump.
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".
The 90-minute hearing before Manhattan U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood focused on a request from Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, to have either his own team or a court-appointed special master take over from prosecutors the review of what materials seized from his office this week were protected by lawyer-client privilege.
A significant portion of Cohen's wealth has come through the taxi industry, and federal investigators are also said to be examining whether Cohen committed bank fraud when he secured loans using a taxi medallion business as collateral, the Washington Post reported. She has alleged that she had sex once in 2006 with Trump and was paid shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about it. Daniels claims Cohen's denials portray her as a liar and sued for defamation.
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"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Cohen's lawyer Todd Harrison told the judge.
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Ms Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Mr Trump, a person familiar with the matter said.
Depending on what was said, the call could be problematic for both men, as defence lawyers often advise their clients not to talk to each other during investigations.
Daniels will be in the courtroom Monday when Cohen appears for the hearing..
In the defamation-case filing, Cohen raised the possibility of invoking his constitutional right under the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination if the stay is not granted, which would allow him to refuse to testify. "I will always protect Mr Trump". Her allegation was based on a February 13 statement by Cohen that she said hurt her reputation.