Trump's attorneys: Federal Bureau of Investigation 'took everything' in Cohen raids

Michael Cohen arrives at Manhattan Federal Court on April 16

Michael Cohen arrives at Manhattan Federal Court on April 16

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into a federal courthouse Monday, a scene that captured the atmosphere around a legal fight involving the president and an FBI investigation into his personal attorney.

Attorney Michael Cohen entered federal court in Manhattan on Monday for the afternoon proceeding. They said that prosecutors had already intercepted emails from Cohen and executed the search warrants only after discovering that there were no emails between Trump and Cohen.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen for defamation, accusing him of wrongfully portraying her as a liar. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review.

Lawyers for Cohen and Trump want to be allowed to decide which items seized from his home and office are protected by attorney-client privilege before criminal prosecutors see them.

"As the Court is surely aware, there is a growing public debate about whether criminal and congressional investigations by the government are being undertaken impartially, free of any political bias or partisan motivation", his lawyer said in a filing Monday.

Investigators raided Cohen's office and the hotel he has been staying at on April 9. "The cases upon which the government relies do not authorize this extraordinary measure, and, to our knowledge, no court in this Circuit has ever forced a privilege-holder, over his objection, to rely on government lawyers to protect his attorney-client privilege as to materials that were seized from his own lawyer's office". The government says it should do the vetting.

Dressed in a pink suit, she declined to comment to reporters on Monday - but her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, gave his two cents.

Less than half of Americans think their taxes are too high Comey pulls no punches with Trump Incoming Pence adviser withdraws nomination following reports Trump opposed candidacy MORE's lawyers said on Monday that investigators "took everything" during the raid of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen's residence and office, ABC News reported.

Trump was still steaming on Sunday about Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who prosecutors said is being investigated for an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings. Prosecutors have defended the search in part by saying that the investigation has shown that Cohen does not do much legal work and does not appear to have many clients.

Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings and was ordered to appear in federal court Monday in NY to help answer questions about his law practice. He has denied wrongdoing.

One of Trump's lawyers, Joanna Hendon, filed papers late on Sunday asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized in the raid until Cohen and the president have both had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

The raid sought information including on a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.