The republican President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen is heading to court today on the 13th of April 2018 to contest the FBI raid conducted at his work places on the 9th of April 2018. He is hoping to be granted a restraining order on the warrant which would bar the FBI from using all the material collected from his office, house and hotel room in its case against Mr. Cohen.
He will have his petition heard before the U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood.
As per a Time report, “With degrees from Harvard Law School and the London School of Economics (LSE), U.S. Federal Judge Kimba Wood would seem an unlikely candidate to have a Playboy past. But in the mid-1960s, a then cash-strapped Wood trained five days to be a bunny at a London Playboy Club while studying at LSE. As brief as it was, her stint at the club became a point of discussion after President Bill Clinton nominated Wood as his Attorney General in 1993. But it was her employment of an illegal immigrant that ultimately derailed her nomination for the Justice Department post.”
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On April 13, 2018, Larry Neumeister of the Associated Press penned the following report, “Trump lawyer wants to stop US from using seized material”
“President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is trying to prevent the government from using materials the FBI seized in a search of his office and residence this week.”
“A federal prosecutor’s office said a hearing has been scheduled before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood for Friday (4/13/18) morning to address a temporary restraining order related to the judicial warrant that authorized the search.”
“Federal agents raided Cohen’s Manhattan office, home and hotel room Monday, seizing records on a variety of subjects, including payments that were made in 2016 to women who might have damaging information about Trump.”
“FBI and Justice Department officials in Washington and New York have refused to discuss the case publicly or say what crimes they are investigating, but people familiar with the investigation have told The Associated Press the search warrant used in the raids sought bank records, business records on Cohen’s dealing in the taxi industry, Cohen’s communications with the Trump campaign and information on payments made to a former Playboy model and a porn actress who say they had affairs with Trump.”
“Those people spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential details.”
“It was unclear how much prosecutors might have to reveal about the investigation in open court in the hearing scheduled for Friday (4/13/18).”
“Cohen has denied wrongdoing.”
“Trump has called the raids a “witch hunt,” ″an attack on our country,” and a violation of rules that ordinarily make attorney client communications confidential.”
“Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.”
“Public corruption prosecutors in the U.S. 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 Karen McDougal, a former Playmate, and Stephanie Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels.”
“McDougal was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story, which it never published. Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her claim to have had a one-night-stand with Trump.”