Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected at court hearing over searches

New York. A U.S. judge will hear more arguments about Trump’s extraordinary request that he be allowed to review records seized from Cohen

New York. A U.S. judge will hear more arguments about Trump’s extraordinary request that he be allowed to review records seized from Cohen

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels has arrived to watch a court hearing over documents seized from US President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer.

The adult actress says she slept with the married future US President after meeting him in 2006.

The disclosure came as Cohen's attorneys tried to persuade a federal judge in NY to delay prosecutors from examining records and electronic devices seized in the raids on the grounds that many of them are protected by attorney-client privilege.

The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair and Cohen has held that he made the payment out of his own pocket, without involvement from the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign. They called the search "completely unprecedented".

Court papers filed by Robert Khuzami, the deputy U.S. attorney in Manhattan, are redacted making it unclear the alleged criminal conduct for which the 51-year-old Cohen is being investigated. Cohen had three clients covered by attorney-client privilege in the previous year, his lawyers responded, including Trump and Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser.

During his Monday radio show, Hannity said he had used eight attorneys in his life and insisted he "never retained" Cohen "in the traditional sense".

Failing that, they want the court to appoint an independent official known as a special master, a role typically filled by a lawyer, to go through the records and decide what prosecutors can see.

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PORN star Stormy Daniels tripped and almost fell in a pair of towering black strappy stilettos as she arrived at court.

It is not clear if she will rule Monday or release a written decision at a later date.

Hendon proposed yet another level of protections, in which Cohen's lawyers, after finishing their initial review, would then be required to "identify to the president all seized materials that relate to him in any way and provide a copy of those materials to him and his counsel". Daniels quietly took a seat towards the back of the public gallery with her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti, Daniels' lawyer, said at Friday's hearing that he had "every reason to believe" that some documents seized from Cohen related to his client. The judge had asked Cohen's lawyers to provide the number of clients he had who might be covered under attorney-client privilege.

The submission in Manhattan federal court came prior to a hearing scheduled for the afternoon.

Cohen appeared in court on Monday, one week after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided his office, home and hotel room. The judge ordered that Cohen himself be present Monday so that he could answer questions about his clients.

Daniels is engaged in a separate civil legal fight over $130,000 she received in a 2016 agreement arranged by Cohen to stop her from discussing a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump a decade earlier.

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