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15 April 2018

"What I need to know is whether you have a basis as a representative of the court to know whether there are "thousands and thousands" of privileged documents", said a testy Judge Kimba Wood.

She ordered the lawyers - including Cohen - to return to court Monday with more details, including a list of Cohen's clients.

Federal investigators in NY are looking into years' worth of Cohen's business dealings, as well as lawyering he did for Trump as his longtime personal attorney, fixer, and confidant.

"Although Cohen is an attorney, he also has several other business interests and sources of income". Officials redacted a section in the document explaining why they thought they could not trust Cohen to turn over records willingly.

But the fact that the agents were seeking documents related to the tape reveals a new front in the investigation into Mr. Cohen that is being led by the United States attorney's office in Manhattan.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, fixer and longtime friend reportedly would often quip about having a rather poor grade point average in law school, according to a former classmate.

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At a hearing Manhattan federal courtroom, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom McKay accused Cohen of trying to cover up behind a legal philosophy known as attorney-client privilege in order to avoid disclosing materials about the president as well as additional scenarios. Previous search warrants allowed NY federal prosecutors to search multiple email accounts, the filing said.

Speaking with CNN host Victor Blackwell, Richard Painter said it made no sense for Trump to contact Cohen - and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could compel Cohen to tell them what was said.

Prosecutors emphasized that their investigation was focused on Cohen's business dealings, not his work as a lawyer.

While Cohen has admitted to no wrongdoing, the intensity of the government's investigation will put significant pressure on one of the President's closest confidants.

"As a privilege holder, he [Trump] has an acute interest in those proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed", Hendon said, asking Judge Kimba Wood at the US District Court for the Southern District of NY to postpone the hearing until next Monday.

Prosecutors demanded all communication with the campaign - and in particular two advisers, Corey Lewandowski and Hope Hicks, according to two people briefed on the warrants.

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Mr. Cohen told The Wall Street Journal he hadn't been to Prague since 2001, but on Twitter Tuesday night he said he had never been there.

Judge Kimba Wood shouldn't agree, contended the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.

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Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

Stephanie Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said it's "very possible" that the porn actress would show up at Monday's hearing on the FBI's raid on President Donald Trump's personal lawyer's home and office. She argued that materials obtained from Cohen had to be handled carefully because some could relate to a sitting president.

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Michael Cohen Skips Court To Smoke Cigars With Friends