Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen under criminal investigation

Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen under criminal investigation

There are 2 comments on the Yahoo! story from 12 hrs ago, titled Trump lawyer: "I have never been to Prague".

If such is the case, it might be very problematic for Trump administration as it proves one of the main parts of Christopher Steele's dossier that alleged Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in the 2016 US presidential elections.

A USA prosecutor on Friday attacked a claim by President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that numerous materials seized this week in FBI raids on Cohen's office and home as part of a criminal investigation should remain private.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, suggested at one of the hearings that his client might be the subject of some of the seized materials, and her interests needed protection as well.

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.

Daniels, whose name is Stephanie Clifford, is engaged in a battle using Cohen to keep silent about a 2006 sexual encounter she states she had with Trump.

Last August, an attorney for Cohen, Stephen Ryan, delivered to Congress a point-by-point rebuttal of the dossier's allegations. Cohen's lawyers argued that they should decide which documents are protected and which can be handed over in the search for potential secret deals made outside a campaign to protect Trump and whether they constitute illegal campaign contributions.

The lawyer denied the allegations about his ties to Russian Federation and said not only are they false, but also hurt his career, which is ironic, given that he works for the president of the United States.

The McClatchy DC article also noted that even if there's evidence Cohen traveled to Prague, it's still unclear if Mueller has evidence that the lawyer met with any prominent Russians. The news service, quoting anonymous sources, reports that Mueller can prove Cohen visited Prague in 2016 in the midst of the election.

When Trump took office, Cohen became Trump's personal attorney.

"It's meant to send the message that this is a serious matter for her and she wants to make sure that the American people know that she is behind efforts to bring to light as much information and documents as possible", Avenatti said.

Further, it alleges that Cohen, Kosachev and other attendees discussed "how deniable cash payments were to be made to hackers in Europe who had worked under Kremlin direction against the Clinton campaign".

According to Potter, whether President Trump paid Cohen back still renders the initial payment an illegal campaign contribution.

The Southern District of NY prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.

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