Criminal investigation into Trump lawyer's business dealings began months ago

Donald Trump prepares for an appearance on'Days of Our Lives with actress Arianne Zucker. He is accompanied to the set by Access Hollywood host Billy Bush

A US prosecutor on Friday attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private.

The report also delved into how Cohen, a New York City native, rose to prominence in the city and eventually became close to Trump and his family.

Jake Tapper addressed the Cohen chill-session on CNN Friday afternoon, noting he was "sitting outside his hotel, hanging out, not a care in the world, even though he is under criminal investigation".

The reasons for the search of Cohen's office and hotel room, based in part on a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to Manhattan prosecutors, have not been made public, but is linked in part to a $130,000 payoff Cohen made in 2016 to porn star Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to keep quiet about an alleged one-night stand she had with Trump.

"It's kind of like when you're boyfriend breaks up with you and then you put pictures on Instagram looking really happy, having champagne", Kirsten Powers joked.

Afterwards, Avenatti said at a press conference that he wasn't surprised at Trump's interest in the case because longtime lawyer Cohen knew "where all the bodies were buried".

The raid was the result of a tip from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election and purported collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign team.

In any case, as previously reported, all seized materials are subject to review by a special "taint team" (make your own joke) to make sure they're not protected.

Cohen joined the Trump Organization as general counsel in 2006.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump has sought in court to stop United States prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal lawyer can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. According to the U.S. Attorney's filing, Cohen was never really integrated into the firm in the first place and only brought five clients to it, for which there is no available evidence those clients were ever billed. He also addressed reports that Cohen may have recorded conversations with clients, which were likely now in the hands of the government.

The Friday hearing was scheduled to review Cohen's request for a temporary restraining order to stop prosecutors from reviewing the documents seized during the searches.

Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer, in Manhattan on Wednesday.

The wide-ranging criminal investigation into Michael Cohen is said to have left President Donald Trump more rattled than the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. Broidy said he retained Cohen because Cohen had a prior relationship with Davidson.

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.

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