Michael Cohen tries to block use of documents seized by Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Legal experts said Trump's communications with Cohen that do not involve seeking legal advice would not be covered by that protection.

Cohen was represented by Todd Harrison of McDermott Will and Emery, who also took a fallback position: A neutral special master could be used to examine the documents for privileged materials.

The court hearing Friday didn't provide new insight into why agents seized the items, but the judge, prosecutors and the attorneys all spoke openly about an investigation that previously has been shrouded in secrecy.

Agents also searched for evidence on whether Cohen tried to suppress damaging information about Trump during the 2016 presidential race, the article said.

In the filing with a court in NY, prosecutors blacked out a section describing what laws they believe Trump attorney Michael Cohen has broken, but they said the "crimes being investigated involve acts of concealment" and suspected fraud.

A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.

"This court should not accept Cohen's invitation to make new law and convert a duly authorized search warrant into a subpoena", prosecutors said, calling it a "dangerous precedent" to let defense lawyers delay a probe "in a case of national interest".

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Michael Cohen's office and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the agents seeking, among other items, records pertaining to the tape, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

A lawyer for President Trump argued Friday for a delay in reviewing the potential evidence seized during Federal Bureau of Investigation raids targeting his personal attorney earlier this week. And they help explain why Mr. Trump was furious about the raid.

Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court.

The raids enraged Trump, who called them an "attack on the country". He told Wood he had every reason to think some of the documents involved his client, and he asked to be heard when the hearing reconvenes.

Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed. Cohen has stated that he paid Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 in October 2016-less than two weeks before Election Day-to keep her quiet about her one-time tryst with Trump.

Public corruption prosecutors in the USA 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 McDougal and Clifford.

White House officials declined to comment.

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