U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Saturday denied a media report that the special counsel investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has evidence Cohen visited Prague that year. It doesn't appear the raid was directly tied to Mueller's investigation.
"Attorney Davidson never consented to any recordings of his conversations with Mr. Cohen".
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge to block the Justice Department from reviewing records seized Monday in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's apartment, hotel room, office and safety deposit box.More news: Kim Kardashian Goes All-Out for 20-Year High School Reunion
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A court filing did not detail what Cohen is under investigation for. In January 2016, Cohen emailed Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman in bid to secure Kremlin help launching a new Trump Tower.
Cohen has admitted to paying off Stormy Daniels in the run-up to the 2016 United States election, but denies it was because of an alleged affair between the adult actress and Trump. The plan would have ended US sanctions imposed on Russia in 2014 in response to its incursion into Ukraine in exchange for minimal Russian concessions. The agenda, says the dossier, covered questions on covering up payments to Europe-based hackers targeting Hillary Clinton's campaign and "Moscow's secret liaison with the TRUMP team more generally". President Trump similarly dismissed the allegation as false.
Wood said the intervention of a court or special master in the process was not unprecedented, citing the prosecution of Lynne Stewart, a radical Manhattan lawyer who was charged with smuggling communications out of prison for one of her clients. She alone decided that she did not want to continue with the pregnancy and I offered to help her financially during this hard period.
One of the biggest unconfirmed claims made in the controversial dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele is that Cohen traveled to Prague in 2016 to meet with a representative from the Kremlin to discuss Russia's meddling in the USA presidential election.
The filing, signed by acting U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami in the Southern District of NY, also says that while the current investigation was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller, the NY investigation "has proceeded independent" of Mueller's work.