Documents: Michael Cohen Litigation

Michael Cohen's attorneys Todd Harrison, left, and Joseph Evans arrive at federal court Friday. There was the leak that the White House was plotting a strategy to disqualify deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein so that Trump could fire him without it looking like an attempt to hamstring the Mueller investigation.

The judge also heard from a new lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, who said the president had "an acute interest" in the case.

"Clearly, the prosecutors regard Trump and Cohen as potential co-conspirators", he said.

Mr Cohen and Mr Davidson did not immediate respond to requests for comment.

Wood directed that Cohen be present in court at the next hearing on Monday "so we don't need to have any more adjournments".

President Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen was the subject of a months-long criminal investigation before the FBI raided his home and office this week, according to court documents. Mueller's office referred the case about his business dealings to NY but hasn't been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said.

Agents collected electronic devices and documents in the raid.

Accordingly, they argue, most of the material seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not involve attorney-client privilege and could figure in a future court case.

Searches of lawyers' offices are rare but not unheard of, and prosecutors use what's called a separate "taint team" to review the material and exclude any documents that are covered by the attorney-client privilege. The hearing was set for Monday afternoon.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she was paid $US130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter with the president.

At the outset, Harrison brought up his concerns about how the government meant to proceed with the material the government seized during the raids. "I also know well the ostentatiously careful steps the SDNY typically takes to avoid unconstitutional interference in the right to counsel - meaning to distinguish real legal assistance from schemes masquerading as attorney-client relationships".

Hendon contended that she had only been retained on Wednesday, two days after the raids.

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.

She also stated that the government's actions raised unspecified "fairness issues" toward its investigation.

Though Wood ultimately granted Cohen's team additional time, she referred to the prosecution's concerns as "well-taken".

"We have every reason to believe that some of the documents seized relate to my client", he said.

Another lawyer also sought to make his case during the later hearing: Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti.

From there, Cohen became a fixture in the president's organization. On Tuesday, he tweeted that "attorney-client privilege is dead!"

Cohen is known to tape conversations with associates and store them, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

Trump lashed out on Monday after news of the federal raids targeting Cohen emerged, calling it a "disgrace" and an "attack on our country".

President Donald Trump is apparently more unnerved by the rapidly developing criminal case surrounding his personal lawyer Michael Cohen than he is about Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation probe.

  • Joey Payne