President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is expected to go before a federal judge in New York City on Friday challenging the Justice Department’s seizure of documents related to Cohen’s decade-long legal representation of Trump that were taken in a recent FBI raid, reports the New York Times. Federal Judge Kimba Wood has scheduled arguments what will be the first public hearing related to the contentious search warrant carried out on Monday at Cohen’s office and hotel room. Federal agents seized documents that dated back years, some of which are related to payments to two women who have said they had affairs with Trump. Other documents seized included information about the role of The National Enquirer in silencing one of the women.
Cohen’s lawyers have called the raid of his offices and hotel room an overreach of the law, and the president said that the attorney-client privilege is dead because of the action. A federal judge authorized prosecutors to seize the records on Monday, but Cohen is challenging their authority to review them. The warrant sought all documents, including emails between Cohen and Trump, related to Cohen’s efforts to suppress negative publicity ahead of the 2016 election. Federal agents were looking for information about Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had a nearly yearlong affair with Trump shortly after the birth of his youngest son in 2006. American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, paid McDougal $150,000. The chief executive of America Media Inc. is a friend of Trump.