Trump lawyer fights FBI over seized files

April 14, 2018

Stormy Daniels' lawyer has claimed an interest in the documents seized from Donald Trump's lawyer.

US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen is seeking a temporary restraining order regarding searches of Cohen's home and office by FBI agents, a Justice Department spokesman says.

Such an order would be sought to stop the government from using seized materials, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

A hearing on the searches has been set for 10.30am local time on Friday in a Manhattan federal court, the courthouse said.

The raids followed a referral by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US elections, a probe that has expanded to include looking into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Monday's raids infuriated Trump, who has called the special counsel investigation a "witch hunt". After the searches, he stepped up attacks against Mueller's probe before saying on Thursday that he was co-operating with the authorities.

Both Trump and Moscow deny any wrongdoing.

When reached by phone, a lawyer for Cohen was not immediately available for a request to comment.

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