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Trump’s lawyer asks judge to block files seized during raid from FBI

April 13, 2018 8:44 PM
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Federal agents seized documents that dated back years, some of which are related to payments to two women who have said they had affairs with Trump.

NEW YORK—U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Friday to block the Justice Department from reading documents related to his decadelong legal representation of Trump and that were taken in a recent FBI raid.

Trump and Cohen still were trying to determine what exactly was seized in the raids, which were even broader than have been previously reported. In addition to searching Cohen’s office and hotel room, prosecutors also obtained warrants to seize material from his cellphones, tablet, laptop and a safe-deposit box, according to people briefed on the warrants.

The uncertainty around what was taken has heightened the unease around Trump, whose lawyers had projected confidence in their dealings with the special counsel, Robert Mueller, but were caught flat-footed by the extraordinary raids on Cohen. The lawyers fear Cohen will not be forthcoming about what was in his files, leaving them girding for the unknown.

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