Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe

Trump Reportedly Now Fears Michael Cohen Corruption Investigation More Than Mueller Probe

The US attorney in NY asserted in response that the raids had been authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation". The Times reports that his advisers "have concluded that a wide-ranging corruption investigation in NY poses a greater and more imminent threat to the president than even the special counsel's investigation, according to several people close to Mr. Trump".

Federal agents who raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room this week seized recordings, sources familiar with the raid tell ABC News. They said Cohen has told at least one witness that his only client was Trump.

Though the status of the relationship between the porn star and the president remains tentative, Trump and Cohen's lawyers went to court in an effort to stop the Justice Department from reading seized documents.

A Republican finance chief linked to Donald Trump resigned Friday after a newspaper reported that the president's personal lawyer arranged a US$1.6 million (RM6.2 million) payment to a former Playboy model who claimed the fundraiser had gotten her pregnant.

She ordered the lawyers - including Cohen - to return to court Monday with more details, including a list of Cohen's clients. According to reports, the search warrants related to payouts Cohen coordinated for women who have claimed to have had affairs with Trump, as well as to a taxi business Cohen is involved with.

"Confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a retired British spy's report that Cohen strategized there with a powerful Kremlin figure about Russian meddling in the USA election".

RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said she spoke by telephone with Broidy, and "he tendered his resignation".

"There could be a whole host of documents relating to that agreement, the payment, what the president knew, when he knew it, and we're hopefully going to find out exactly what's in the documents", Avenatti said.

She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.

Wood requested the attorneys to reconvene in the future Friday.

"The attorney-client privilege could't at an identical time be utilised like a sword (and) like a shield", McKay advised Wood. Wood also heard arguments on how to keep the names of "innocent individuals" out of the public legal fight. Although Cohen was not technically required to be there, a judge seemed upset that he didn't appear.

"We want to ensure the documents do not disappear or that there's a control set that's maintained regardless of who reviews the documents", he added. But lately, the lawyer has been facing the real price of client loyalty. Investigators also sought records related to Cohen's interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Early Monday morning, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents carried out a raid on the home, offices and hotel room of the president's longtime personal counsel.

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