Federal Bureau of Investigation probing Cohen's "personal business dealings"

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Trump, a Republican, sent his own lawyer to a hastily arranged hearing before a federal judge in Manhattan to argue that some of the records and communications seized were confidential attorney-client communications and off-limits to investigators. Trump was represented by Joanna Hendon of Spears & Imes, who said the president hired her on Wednesday.

"He is the president of the United States", she said. I think the public is a close second.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump sought in court on Friday to stop US prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal attorney can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

He has described the raids as an overreach by prosecutors into the privileged communications between Cohen and his client, Trump.

The search warrant also sought evidence of whether the lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, tried to suppress damaging information about Mr. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice". Prosecutors can also obtain privileged communications between an attorney and client if they have evidence those interactions further a crime or fraud. At the time, Cohen was a top lawyer at the Trump Organization and not formally affiliated with the campaign.

Mr. Cohen, you said you're not anxious at all?

None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Trump love interest/porn star Stormy Daniels, also appeared at the courthouse asking to address the court Friday afternoon. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 before the election, and he allegedly helped coordinate a $150,000 payment McDougal from American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer. According to the Times, Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in", which is probably not wise for a president to do when it involves an associate under federal investigation - especially if that president's associate has a habit of recording conversations.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies either affair.

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