Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Distances Self from Cohen as Raided Docs Are Analyzed

Trump Distances Self from Cohen as Raided Docs Are Analyzed

The records recovered from those apps amount to 731 pages of messages and call logs.

Michael Cohen, the president's personal attorney, paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 in hush money in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

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

The federal government has been able to reconstruct shredded documents - accounting for approximately 16 pages.

Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels in separate civil litigation against Cohen and Trump, on Friday tweeted that the encrypted messages and reconstructed documents "could pose a huge problem for Mr. Cohen and ultimately Mr. Trump".

Lawyers for Cohen and Trump could not immediately be reached for comment.

Asked if he was anxious that Cohen will "flip" on him and provide the government with potentially damaging information, Trump said he wasn't anxious at all.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in early March against Cohen, Trump and a shell company Cohen set up, seeking to free herself from a hush agreement she signed to prevent her speaking about an alleged affair with Trump.

Daniels has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was married. Asked if Cohen, long among Trump's most trusted fixers, was still his attorney, the president said no.

This new development arrives amid a period of uncertainty in Cohen's legal defense.

Cohen attempted to argue that Avenatti's media appearances could jeopardize his chances at a fair trial.

In April, federal agents raided his hotel room, office and apartment, seizing electronic devices and troves of documents. Cohen's lawyers initially suggested that "thousands, if not millions" of privileged documents had been seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.

Mueller's team also told the court that it has successfully retrieved 315 megabytes of data from one of the two Blackberries seized from Cohen during the same raid. A replacement counsel has not been identified.

Prosecutors in NY said in a court filing later Friday that they are still processing material seized from Cohen in an April raid. 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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