The Justice Department said on Friday that President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, is “under criminal investigation.”
The report was in response to Cohen’s motion to restrain the evidence collected in Monday’s raids of his home and office. The U.S. attorney in New York asserted the raids were authorized by a federal judge to find evidence of conduct “for which Cohen is under criminal investigation.” The report does not address what Cohen is under investigation for. It does contain details on the searches which covered Cohen’s residence, hotel room, office, safety deposit boxes and electronic devices. His lawyers filed a temporary restraining order in the matter and Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning.
The seizure included a search for communications related to efforts to suppress negative information ahead of the election. It included communications that Trump had with Cohen regarding the controversial “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump made lewd comments about women the month before the election.
Cohen’s attorney, Todd Harrison, and President Trump’s attorney, Joanna Hendon, asked for an adjournment on Friday so they could review the DOJ filing.
Hendon said her firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was “not prepared” to present her argument.
On Monday, Cohen’s attorney called the seizure “completely inappropriate and unnecessary.”
“It resulted in the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications between a lawyer and his client,” attorney Stephen Ryan said in the statement.