They also made clear that investigators have been gathering extensive evidence for some time as part of an ongoing grand jury investigation. A brief they filed in response to Cohen's court action revealed that he'd been under investigation for months and that the FBI had searched multiple email accounts.
Trump also said, "It's an attack on our country, in a true sense".
The US attorney in NY asserted in response that the raids had been authorized by a federal judge to seek evidence of conduct "for which Cohen is under criminal investigation".
The FBI raided Cohen's offices, home and hotel room earlier this week, taking his computers and phones and seizing documents related to a payment he said he'd made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Cohen did not appear in court Friday morning and has not been charged with a crime.
"This is the president of the United States", Hendon told Wood, arguing that, as the privilege-holder, he should be involved in the proceedings. "The less the president said on this whole thing, the better off he would be, the stronger his presidency would be", Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said in an interview on the Fox Business Network. Cohen was known to record other types of discussions and communications too, which sources say, could include communications with Trump. "If he had taken the usual lawyers' advice to clients and referred all questions to the lawyers and declined comment, I don't think we would have seen this raid and I don't think this lawsuit would be any big deal". "And anyone who has ever hired a lawyer a close third", she said.
Raids such as the one conducted Monday are unusual because federal prosecutors need to follow special guidelines to justify searches of an attorney's offices.
Of Trump, McKay said: "His attorney-client privilege is no greater than any other person who seeks legal advice".
Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Monday raided Cohen's home, hotel room and office.
A hearing Friday in Manhattan federal court was put on hold until Monday after an attorney for Trump intervened and requested additional time.
A source familiar with the matter has said Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who conducted the raids were seeking information on payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, who also claims to have had a sexual relationship with Trump. In them, they found that Cohen had done "little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump".
The Southern District of NY prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.
Hendon noted the "exceptional nature" of her client and expressed concern about the prosecutors' internal "taint team" that separates evidence that is privileged from evidence that is available for prosecutors to view. "They feel this is justified and defensible", Mr. Zeidenberg said.
The hearing itself was continued until 2 p.m. Monday.
"We have every reason to believe some of the documents seized relate to my client", Michael Avenatti said. Also, could this raid have a damaging effect on attorney-client relations going forward? (He also took the time to complain to the reporters that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the Russian investigation and that Hillary Clinton was not being investigated for "the disgusting things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed.") He sounded as if he were trying to build a case for dismissing the special counsel, referring to Mueller and his investigators as "the most biased group of people". McDougal was paid $150,000 for the rights to her story by American Media Inc.