President Donald Trump and his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, asked a federal court in California on Friday evening to put Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against them on hold while the criminal investigation of Cohen proceeds in NY.
On Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, hotel room and home, seizing numerous documents and other evidence.
Also, there are reports Cohen has told people Trump is his only client, which if true would mean he didn't have privilege with any of his other communications or recordings either.
Federal prosecutors revealed on Friday that Cohen has been the subject of a criminal investigation for months.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether any crimes were committed as part of an effort by Cohen to squelch damaging stories about Trump when he was a presidential candidate, according to a person familiar with the matter.
While Cohen has admitted to no wrongdoing, the intensity of the government's investigation will put significant pressure on one of the President's closest confidants.
The precise nature of the criminal investigation on Cohen is not entirely clear, but it began following a referral from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is investigating potential collusion between Russian nationals and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
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Prosecutors emphasized that their investigation was focused on Cohen's business dealings, not his work as a lawyer.
Ordinarily, documents or communications seized from a lawyer by FBI agents would be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers not directly involved in the investigation to determine which documents were relevant to the probe, and which should be off-limits to investigators because of attorney-client privilege.
From there, Cohen became a fixture in the president's organization.
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.
A private sidebar then took place, and members of the press asked US District Judge Kimba Wood to make a transcript of that conversation public.
Stormy Daniels' lawyer has claimed an interest in the documents seized from Donald Trump's lawyer. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!" Wood said the court would reconvene in the afternoon to discuss how to release transcripts of those discussions that redacted the names of people described as "innocent individuals". But the discussion over just how things will proceed-with the government using a taint team to review material for attorney-client privilege issues or another process that potentially could include Cohen's representatives or see the implementation of a special master-was interrupted by the appearance of Trump's representatives from Spears & Imes, led by partner Joanna Hendon.
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