President Donald Trump said Sunday that all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the FBI raid on his personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings.
The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.
"It's meant to send the message that this is a very, very serious matter for her and she wants to make sure that the American people know that she is behind efforts to bring to light as much information and documents as possible".
Joanna Hendon, Trump's lawyer, told an initial court hearing last Friday that the United States president has an "acute interest" in the matter.
Daniels's attorney, Michael Avenatti, said that she plans to be in the courtroom. Cohen served for more than a decade as a trusted fixer and, during the campaign, helped tamp down brewing scandals about women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.
"Cohen's novel proposal [for review] would set a risky precedent", wrote the USA prosecutors, in Friday's filing.
Cohen is expected to attend the hearing.
The third legal client directed Mr. Cohen not to reveal the identity publicly, Cohen's lawyers, Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan, wrote.
The FBI has not yet signaled what law Cohen has broken but only that he is under investigation for his business activities.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas McKay said in court that the government took images of the contents of most electronic devices, leaving them behind after the raids, and that cataloguing evidence might be delayed because some devices must be sent to an Federal Bureau of Investigation laboratory to "decrypt" because they require code words.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says the judge should reject Cohen's requests about reviewing the evidence.
This combination photo shows, from left, President Donald Trump, attorney Michael Cohen and adult film actress Stormy Daniels.
Last week's raid of Cohen's office and residences infuriated the president, who argued on Twitter that attorney-client privilege "is dead". Attorneys for Cohen say they want first crack.
Once they've reviewed the records, the filter team can give to the investigators communications "between Cohen and persons with whom Cohen undisputedly does not have an attorney-client relationship", likely meaning the records wouldn't be between Cohen and Trump, prosecutors said.
On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".
The eight-page letter written by Trump's lawyer, Joanna Hendon, accuses the Justice Department of acting in "an aggressive, intrusive, and unorthodox manner" in an attempt to "eliminate the president's right to a full assertion of every privilege argument available to him".
"In the highly politicized, even fevered atmosphere that envelops this matter, it is simply unreasonable to expect that a team of prosecutors, even if not directly involved in the separate investigation of Mr. Cohen, could perform a privilege review in the manner necessary to safeguard the important interests of the President", Hendon wrote. The president has denied any knowledge of the payment to secure Daniels' October 2016 signature on a hush agreement preventing her from talking about the liaison.