After weeks of news about President Donald Trump's difficulties in securing new legal help, he was represented in Manhattan federal court by a new lawyer.
U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday, a Justice Department spokesman said on Friday.
The Justice Department's move against Cohen required approval at the highest levels of the department where such raids involve separating privileged communication between attorneys and their clients from communication that may be relevant to criminal investigations.
The warrant also referenced an investigation into wire fraud, bank fraud and campaign finance.
In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what crime they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has committed. "He's uniquely situated to have interesting paperwork about the President". Hours later, in response, a blistering denunciation of the action from President Trump himself ("an attack on our country, in a true sense"), delivered unbidden before a meeting with senior security officials about the situation in Syria.
Asked if he was anxious, Cohen told CNN: "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not".
"If you are looking for evidence, you can't do any better than people talking on tape", said Nick Akerman, a former Watergate prosecutor.
"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided". "There are several possible crimes that might have been committed by the circumstances of the hush money, but these are appropriately investigated by a USA attorney, not by special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the election".
The Monday raids included the Loew's Regency hotel where Cohen has been staying.
On Monday, FBI agents raided Cohen's NY offices, acting in part on a referral by special counsel Robert Mueller to federal prosecutors in NY. First, the recordings would be reviewed by a separate Justice Department team and possibly by a federal judge. But Mr. Mueller is a longtime Republican with a sterling record of probity. Cohen was known to record other types of discussions and communications too, which sources say, could include communications with Trump. "We'll see what happens".
Raids on Monday of Cohen's office and hotel room were the result of a monthslong investigation, the filing says. "It also led to the Trump admin itself leveling sanctions against Russian individuals, proof that it's not a so-called 'witch-hunt, '" Schumer wrote. Federal prosecutors said they would wait to review the materials until then.
The attorney-client privilege Trump referred to is meant to encourage open communications between lawyers and their clients, so that lawyers can provide sound legal advice. Only documents that are not protected by that privilege will be handed over to investigators.
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.
Mr Cohen could be found to have broken campaign funding laws if a court decides the impending election was the motivation for the payment.
Cohen has not been charged with anything.
Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor, said that USA authorities went ahead with the high-profile raid knowing that their motives and procedures would come under scrutiny. The Enquirer's publisher, American Media Inc., said they paid McDougal for details of the alleged affair, but they never appeared in print. AMI has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist.