Stormy Daniels may show up at Cohen hearing

Robyn Valdez
Апреля 15, 2018

First, prosecutors revealed in court documents that the raiding of Cohen's home and office on Tuesday was spurred by a criminal investigation over his business dealings that has been going on for months, completely separate from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe. 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". She argued that materials obtained from Cohen had to be handled carefully because some could relate to a sitting president. "They could get evidence from Michael Cohen about what happened on that call and could ask President Trump".

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan ordered Cohen to appear in court on Monday afternoon, after holding three hearings on Friday into his request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking prosecutors from reviewing seized materials.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, told Reuters on Thursday that Cohen's attorney told him that Cohen will plead the Fifth if his application for a stay is denied.

Cohen's lawyers will need to turn over the requested material by 10 a.m. Monday, and court will reconvene at 2 p.m. -with Cohen himself seated at the counsel's table.

If true, evidence of such a trip would confirm one of the most contentious parts of the Steele dossier, one which Cohen and the Trump Organization loudly denied after it was made public in January 2017.

If that story sounds far-fetched to even a casual observer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears to agree: the agency's raid on Cohen was carried out in part to seize documents related to the Daniels payment.

"The government is investigating whether there was, in connection with Trump's White House bid, a conspiracy to commit fraud and extortion for the objective of silencing potentially compromising sources - specifically, people in a position to portray Donald Trump as a womanizer", McCarthy, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, said.

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

And it turns out there's no such thing as Donovan-client privilege.

UPDATE: Cohen's Friday somehow took a turn for the even worse in the early evening.

In an interview, Avenatti said he wants to make sure "that the integrity of the documents, whatever was seized, is maintained".

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

Federal authorities did not specify exactly what they're investigating, but reports after his hotel, office, and home were raided suggest authorities are looking at potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations. Investigators also sought records related to Cohen's interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources.

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