Cohen asks judge to shield Trump files from prosecutors

US President Donald Trump's attorney Joanna Hendon on Friday persuaded a US federal judge to give Trump until Monday to determine which records seized by the FBI from his personal lawyer Michael Cohen should be kept secret from federal prosecutors.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's NY office and home this week, partly based on a referral from Mueller.

On April 9, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room and searched a safety deposit box and two cell phones belonging to him.

Since the "overwhelming majority" of the evidence seized in the raids relates to Cohen's business work, the prosecutors argued that most of it would not be covered by attorney-client privilege.

The document was filed publicly after lawyers for Cohen appeared before U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood to ask that they - not Justice Department lawyers - be given the first crack at reviewing the seized evidence to see whether it was relevant to the investigation or could be forwarded to criminal investigators without jeopardizing attorney-client privilege.

"Zero emails were exchanged with President Trump", they wrote. 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 carried on affairs with Trump.

Cohen has vehemently denied for months that he ever has been in Prague or colluded with Russian Federation during the campaign.

Federal agents who raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room this week seized recordings, sources familiar with the raid tell ABC News.

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Counsel for the Trump Organization told the prosecutors that it considers "each and every communication by, between or amongst" Cohen, the organization and its employees to be protected by attorney-client privilege. But the Post says that it is unknown if Cohen ever taped conversations between himself and Mr. Trump.

The raid on Cohen surprised and angered the president, who has been frustrated with the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference, the Kremlin's possible coordination with Trump associates and whether the president has been deliberately trying to obstruct those inquiries.

Cohen wants Wood to let them or a "special master" review the seized materials to decide what can be turned over, without violating the right of his clients to shield communications with their lawyers.

Trump denounced the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on "good man" Cohen as "disgraceful" and an "attack on our country".

When asked whether Trump is still associated with Cohen, Sanders said, "I am not sure..."

Sources say Cohen was known to record conversations with reporters so he could show them to Trump in order to deal with reporters on certain stories.

The U.S. launched a series of strikes in Syria, targeting chemical weapons facilities and a research center using both aircrafts and ships, President Trump announced Friday night.

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