Andy McCarthy: Trump in Serious 'Peril' on Cohen Case

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, also made an appearance at the hearing.

Judge Wood delayed until Monday a hearing in which Cohen's attorneys will argue for a restraining order to temporarily ban federal prosecutors from inspecting the records.

"Because the facts underlying this action and the criminal investigation related to Mr. [Michael] Cohen overlap, Mr. Cohen's Fifth Amendment rights may be adversely impacted if this case proceeds", lawyers for Cohen and Trump argued in court regarding Cohen's right against self-incrimination.

The government's motion also reveals prosecutors searched a safety deposit box used by Cohen - carrying out the searches in part because they feared evidence might be destroyed if they had simply served him with a subpoena.

Hendon, who said Trump hired her on Wednesday evening, urged Wood not to decide who gets first shot to review seized documents until after she files a brief by Sunday night.

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".

McDougal was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story, which it never published.

But the government said Cohen appears to have only one client Donald Trump.

Also, there are reports Cohen has told people Trump is his only client, which if true would mean he didn't have privilege with any of his other communications or recordings either.

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Cohen is seeking to stop the USA government from reviewing the documents.

Herndon, Trump's lawyer, said that after the process is resolved, the ultimate outcome on what documents are deemed unprivileged may produce new litigation.

Prosecutors said they believe Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications.

Following the hearing Friday, the judge ordered the parties to return to court Monday for another hearing, where Cohen will have to be present.

Among the materials sought by investigators in the search were records relating to payments made to adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, two women who have said they had sexual liaisons with Trump years ago.

Public corruption prosecutors in the USA attorney's office in Manhattan are trying to determine, according to one person familiar with the investigation, if there was any fraud related to payments to McDougal and Clifford. Both women said they had consensual relationships with Trump long before he was elected president.

Mr Cohen and Mr Davidson did not immediate respond to requests for comment.

Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.

"The (US Attorney) and Federal Bureau of Investigation have reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications", the Justice Department motion said.

  • Sonia Alvarado