Pres. Trump: All lawyers 'deflated' by FBI raid on Michael Cohen

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On Sunday night, an attorney for Mr Trump filed papers seeking to bar the US Department of Justice from reviewing the documents seized from Mr Cohen.

They've reportedly asked a judge to block Trump's own Justice Department from seeing evidence about Cohen, Trump's private lawyer, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in a raid last week, reports Bloomberg.

Lawyers for Cohen appeared without their client at a hearing on Friday before US District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan federal court.

Last week, prosecutors said in a court filing that they have been investigating Cohen for months "for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings". This would maximize the chance that potentially damaging information will be withheld from prosecutors under attorney-client privilege. Trump has regularly accused top Justice Department officials of working to undermine him, and his lawyers essentially argue that the government's taint team can't be trusted. The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

Trump has been enraged by the raid on Cohen, calling it an "attack on the country".

The raid has shaken Trump, who called Cohen on Friday, The New York Times reported.

It began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around a legal fight involving the president and an FBI investigation into his personal attorney.

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However, after Cohen spoke about paying Daniels $130,000, she claimed the agreement had been breached, setting her free to tell her story about her alleged physical encounters with the president.

The prosecutors investigating Cohen have not provided any details about what they are probing, but it reportedly relates to "acts of concealment" by the president's attorney.

Real estate attorney Jason Greenblatt joined Trump Organization in 1997 and became the true in-house counsel and the company's executive vice president.

Once they've reviewed the records, the filter team can give to the investigators communications "between Cohen and persons with whom Cohen undisputedly does not have an attorney-client relationship", likely meaning the records wouldn't be between Cohen and Trump, prosecutors said. "I have may lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices and even homes, are going to be raided".

President Donald Trump's personal attorney is set to appear in court Monday.

President Trump followed up with another tweet on the topic a few days later: 'Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past. They say their investigation into Cohen has revealed "evidence of a lack of truthfulness" so he couldn't be trusted to voluntarily review the documents - thus the need for the warrant. Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.

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