Trump's lawyer files papers in Cohen case

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels will attend a court hearing in NY on Monday for U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Daniels' lawyer said on Sunday.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", he tweeted. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!" the president tweeted on Sunday.

The FBI last week raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room, seizing emails, tax documents and business records. "It's an attack on what we all stand for", Trump said of the raid shortly after it took place, also stating that "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller]'".

He is scheduled to appear before a USA district judge in NY to answer questions about his business practices, which have been under investigation by the FBI for months.

In a court filing Friday, federal prosecutors said the criminal investigation had been going on for months and agents had already searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen under an earlier search warrant.

This story has been corrected to reflect that it was Trump's lawyer that filed the legal documents Sunday, not Cohen's lawyer. The agreement was reached just before the 2016 presidential election.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders demurred when asked Sunday on ABC's "This Week" if Trump was anxious that Cohen might agree to work with prosecutors, if charged, to reduce his own punishment. He has denied wrongdoing. She says it was hush money for her alleged affair with President Trump.

"This guy is radioactive right now", Avenatti said.

And the raid, which Cohen's lawyer said came following a referral from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appears to have further soured the president's view of Mueller, with Trump's post-raid comments prompting fears the president was looking into dismissing Mueller.

"To be clear - I am not "deflated and concerned".