Michael Cohen seeks restraining order on items seized by feds

Avenatti has become known for his social media stunts. On March 22 three days before the'60 Minutes interview Avenatti tweeted

Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, tweeted on Saturday that the story was "bad reporting, bad information and [a] bad story".

Cohen had already notified US District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday that he meant to request a stay in Daniels' lawsuit against him and Trump "on the grounds that an ongoing criminal investigation overlaps with the facts of this case".

Last week, a source familiar with the raids said that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking for information on payments to Daniels among materials related to other business dealings.

President Donald Trump's circle is reportedly more concerned about the ongoing case involving his lawyer, Michael Cohen, than it is about the special counsel investigation into his campaign.

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

Cohen's attorneys argued at a hearing on Friday morning that they should be allowed to review the documents themselves. His lawyers are asking that their team be able to review evidence in the case for documents that could fall under attorney-client privilege.

Later, he points out that Cohen's claims the he had cooperated with Congressional investigations into Russian meddling in USA politics are contradicted in an interview he did with Time. "He was trying to clarify the timeline of the agreements made with Davidson in his [Cohen's] favor", said the source.

Prosecutors said they took the unusual step of raiding Cohen's residence and home, rather than requesting records by subpoena, because what they had learned so far led them to distrust he'd turn over what they had asked for.

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An attorney for the president, Joanna Hendon, appeared as well, telling the judge that Trump has "an acute interest in these proceedings and the manner in which these materials are reviewed". Her firm, Spears & Imes, was retained on Wednesday, she said, adding that she'd had just two hours notice of the arguments.

The raid was unrelated to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, but instead focused on payments made to women who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.

McClatchy said in its report that confirmation of the trip would lend credence to a dossier compiled by a former British intelligence agent that alleged Cohen met in Prague with a prominent ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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

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Hendon said Trump was entitled to have a say in order to ensure the "appearance of fairness".

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