Trump lawyer Cohen denies media report of Prague trip

Trump lawyer Cohen denies media report of Prague trip

The raids were partly a referral by Mueller's office.

"I think he can be indicted for bank fraud, wire fraud, campaign finance violations", Avenatti added.

Cohen was the target of an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid last week, and the person who paid Daniels $130,000 on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

The confirmation was in a response by the United States attorney's office for the Southern District of NY to Cohen's motion seeking to prevent prosecutors from reviewing some evidence obtained on Monday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in raids of his hotel room and office. She ordered the lawyers - including Cohen personally - to return to court Monday morning with more details, including a list of Cohen's clients.

Prosecutors also confirmed in a court filing on Friday that they have been investigating Cohen for months, largely over his business dealings rather than his legal work. Officials redacted a section in the document explaining why they thought they could not trust Cohen to turn over records willingly.

In a footnote, the prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors in NY by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it was proceeding independently.

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the footnote argues, citing a story by CNN's Kevin Liptak.

Agents seized Cohen's computers and phones, as well as documents related to a payment of $130,000 he said he made to former adult film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said on Friday that his client may attend a Monday hearing being held in connection with the Cohen raid.

Prosecutors also revealed in a court filing on Friday that Cohen's emails had secretly been searched, and that the raids were part of "a monthslong investigation" involving a grand jury. "Mr. Cohen is not aware of any "secret" TRUMP campaign/Kremlin relationship", Ryan said. The president does not use email, according to associates.

"This has clearly been a delay tactic from the outset", said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay. The investigators intend to press Cohen for more information, the sources said.

The court hearing Friday didn't provide new insight into why agents seized the items, but the judge, prosecutors and the attorneys all spoke openly about an investigation that previously has been shrouded in secrecy. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

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

Trump is also said to be annoyed with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for approving the search warrant for the raid on Cohen, The New York Times reported.

The judge said prosecutors believed either a special "taint team" of government lawyers should decide what evidence can be properly viewed by criminal prosecutors. "If they in fact do exist, Attorney Davidson will pursue all his legal rights under the law".