Trump distances self from Michael Cohen as raided docs are analyzed

Trump distances self from Michael Cohen as raided docs are analyzed

Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. The messages and call logs together constitute 731 pages of potential evidence.

Michael Cohen paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels right before the 2016 presidential election.

The court filing offers no information about the content of the messages or how authorities managed to obtain them.

In their court filing Friday, prosecutors said they had reconstructed about 16 pages of shredded documents that had been found inside a shredder during the raid.

The deadline extension comes as Cohen, under severe financial pressure, has chose to split with his current team and hire new lawyers, according to a person familiar with the case.

A judge had set Friday as a deadline for Cohen's lawyers to identify documents they believe are protected by attorney-client privilege. Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings with foreign companies. She has alleged a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006. Earlier this week, sources told ABC News that Cohen's lawyers are expected to leave the case in the near future.

A federal judge in California said Friday that President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, failed to demonstrate the need for an immediate restraining order to be issued against Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

The government has agreed that all the material be reviewed by Cohen by June 25.

In the footnote of the order, the judge admonished Cohen's team for filing the emergency request.

"The statement by the USAO that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered 16 pages of shredded documents and 731 encrypted messages may be ominous for Michael Cohen", Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant USA attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider.

Trump hasn't spoken publicly in defense of Cohen since April, when he tweeted a three-part message in response to a scathing New York Times story about his former lawyer. The government has been able to recover data from one of Cohen's two BlackBerries that were seized, but federal authorities have been unable to extract data from the other one. Wood said in a one-page order that she's considering the request and will postpone the deadline until she rules on it.

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