US prosecutors pull encrypted messages from phones seized in Cohen raids

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At a May 30 court hearing, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood had given Cohen's and Trump's lawyers until Friday to finish reviewing the documents they had received from prosecutors, which at the time did not include the encrypted messages or shredded papers.

Federal authorities have recovered some records they seized from Michael Cohen's home and office in an April raid, and they're still working to recover others, according to a court filing that was filed Friday.

Cohen's lawyers Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, a Washington and NY firm, are expected to complete a review of documents seized by federal prosecutors in an April raid on Cohen's home and office.

President Trump's longtime personal attorney is allegedly changing lawyers after a deadline this week on which Federal Bureau of Investigation documents seized fall under attorney-client privilege; Rick Leventhal reports.

A federal judge agreed in April to delay the case for 90 days after Cohen argued that the criminal investigation overlapped with issues in the lawsuit and his right against self-incrimination would be adversely affected because he won't be able to respond and defend himself. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.

The attorney claims Avenatti's behavior and statements about Cohen are unethical and threatens Cohen's ability to have a fair trial as it's turning the case into a "media circus".

On Thursday, his lawyers asked a judge in Los Angeles to stop California attorney Michael Avenatti from a "publicity tour" that has included over 100 television appearances since March.

Cohen's lawyers did not immediately return a request for comment.

About 3.7 million files were seized in the raids and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege between Cohen and the president.

Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket during the 2016 presidential campaign but has not explained why or if Trump was aware of the payment.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen and Trump to get out of an agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 USA not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump. The judge reminded the parties Friday that requests for emergency orders "are exclusively for extraordinary relief and are discouraged".

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