Stormy Daniels Expected At Trump Attorney Hearing in NY

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, has revealed he's representing two other clients besides the commander in chief - including one who wants his name kept out of the spotlight. Cohen was unable to tell the court how many clients he has on Friday because he didn't bother to show up at court, opting instead to smoke cigars with his buddies. They revealed last week Cohen has been under investigation for months and that prosecutors have been secretly reading his emails.

In a court filing Sunday night, lawyers for Trump asked to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president.

Cohen declined to comment while leaving the courtroom. Mueller's office referred the case about his business dealings to NY but hasn't been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seeking communications between the President and Cohen concerning the "Access Hollywood" tape that surfaced prior to the 2016 presidential election, CNN reports. These are the Trump Organization's effort in late 2015 to secure a Trump Tower deal in Moscow and Cohen's subsequent with a top Kremlin official at the height of the 2016 election. It was for the investigation that the US attorney in NY argued they were seized.

In her motion, the lawyer, Joanna C. Hendon, asked Judge Wood to give the documents to Mr. Cohen first so that she and the president can look at them and decide if any are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen had told the court earlier he had at least 10 clients between 2017 and 2018, including the President, and the former GOP fundraiser Elliot Broidy who acknowledged paying $1.6 million to a Playboy model with whom he had an affair.

An attorney for Cohen, Todd Harrison, argued that either he or an independent, court-appointed third party should review what was seized from last week's searches in advance of federal prosecutors having access.

It was partly these payments that led authorities to raid Cohen's home, office and hotel on April 9, according to the Journal.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, said on Monday that five paragraphs in the search warrant paperwork were phrased in such a way as to seek "the papers of the president of the United States that are in the possession of my client". They also argued their internal filter team can properly sift through the material.

Cohen's lawyers have called the raid "completely unprecedented". She said it was also possible that she would let a "taint team" go forward with the review.

Monday's hearing began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse, a scene that captured the sensational atmosphere around the case. Still, the judge ordered prosecutors to make available to Cohen's attorneys all of the evidence seized.

Cohen will not be alone at that hearing, scheduled for 2 p.m. today: In tweets over the weekend, a lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the porn star better known as Stormy Daniels, said Clifford would be there too, setting up a remarkable face-to-face confrontation.

  • Zachary Reyes