USA prosecutors pull encrypted messages from phones seized in Cohen raids

April FrancisJun 18, 2018

Through White House officials, Trump has denied the affair, although Cohen has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 as part of the agreement.

"No, he's not my lawyer anymore, but I always liked Michael". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Cohen worked with Trump for a decade and is the focus of a criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors.

Also on Friday, Cohen lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances.

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.

In Friday's court filing, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY said that one of the devices contained approximately 315 megabytes of data. But I've always liked Michael.

Cohen had sought to delay the legal fight after his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April.

In a court filing Friday afternoon, authorities revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has recently accessed a trove of encrypted data stored on Cohen's phones.

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CNN footage shows Cohen, accompanied by security, surrounded by reporters who asked if he planned to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

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 president's lawyers said they would oppose that request and a hearing is set for later this month. Any items they were unable to review, Judge Wood said, would be turned over to an independent government "taint team" to complete the examination of the files.

"The government has conferred with counsel for Cohen and the parties jointly proposed to the court that - with the exception of the second Blackberry, from which data has not yet been extracted - all of the foregoing material will be reviewed by Cohen by June 25, 2018", said the letter signed by Robert Khuzami, one of the prosecutors working on the case.

A judge Friday indicated no ruling would occur on the request before July.

Jones reported last week that of the first 300,000 items reviewed, she had determined that just 162 of them were covered by attorney-client privilege.

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