Donald Trump's personal attorney often recorded telephone conversations both before and during the 2016 presidential campaign that likely have been scooped up in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on attorney Michael Cohen's apartment, office and hotel room, according to sources familiar with the matter.
The Stormy Daniels payment is one of the many topics that Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the FBI investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election, is investigating.
"What they are trying to do is use attorney-client privilege as a sword to challenge the government's ability to review evidence" obtained lawfully, McKay added.
Whether Cohen was recording conversations in his Trump Tower office was a source of concern to some Trump associates during the campaign, two former Trump campaign officials said. Cohen will also reportedly seek an emergency stay of that lawsuit, citing the FBI's raid and the "overlapping" ongoing criminal investigation.
But they provided new details on the investigation, which they said has been going on for months. In the weeks after, several women said publicly that Trump had subjected them to unwanted sexual advances. Khuzami, a former head of enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission, only joined the U.S. Attorney's office in January after he was brought in by Berman, who himself is still waiting to see if Trump will nominate him to have the job permanently.
Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate.
"And that includes Trump's children", he said.
They also downplayed the scope of potential privilege, saying they had before Monday secretly searched multiple email accounts belonging to Cohen, and which they said indicated that Cohen "is in fact performing little to no legal work".
President Donald Trump's personal attorney is trying to prevent the government from using materials it found in a search of his office and residence this week.
Trump reacted to the raid of Michael Cohen by calling it a "witch hunt" and "an attack to our country".
A federal prosecutor's office says there will be a hearing Friday to address a temporary restraining order sought by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal.
A hearing on the searches has been set for 10:30 a.m. (1430 GMT) in a Manhattan federal court, the courthouse said.
A NY federal district court spokesman says there will be a hearing related to the search warrant executed this week for records belonging to President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen. He did not disclose the reason for the court proceeding.
Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the payments.
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