Investigators also sought records related to Cohen's interactions with Trump campaign officials during the 2016 election cycle, according to the sources.
On Friday, Cohen's attorneys asked a federal court judge in Manhattan to block federal prosecutors from reviewing any of the seized documents, arguing that Cohen's legal team should have the first shot at reviewing the records, which they argue are protected by attorney-client privledge. Although Cohen was not technically required to be there, a judge seemed upset that he didn't appear.
After giving Trump until Monday to weigh in, Wood then decided that she would resume a part of the hearing at 2 p.m. on Friday, apparently to consider interests of other clients - "innocent parties" she said - whose files may have been vacuumed up in the Cohen raid.
The wide-ranging criminal investigation into Michael Cohen is said to have left President Donald Trump more rattled than the Russian Federation investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
When Trump took office, Cohen became Trump's personal attorney.
They were seeking information on a US$130,000 payment made by Cohen just before the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006, a person familiar with the matter said. Sources say Cohen still remains Trump's attorney.
Federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant after Mueller sent a referral, said Stephen Ryan, Cohen's lawyer. The president does not use email, according to associates. "There's been no finding of wrong doing against Michael Cohen either", said White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address.
The tape jolted the campaign and forced the Republican nominee to apologize in a publicly televised message from Trump Tower.
McDougal was paid $150,000 in the summer of 2016 by the parent company of the National Enquirer under an agreement that gave it the exclusive rights to her story, which it never published.
She added that she was anxious about the "appearance of fairness", given the stakes.
"The 'fixer" Mr. Cohen (aka the real Ray Donovan) organized a protest - BIGLY - in Florida last night against my client, ' Avenatti tweeted. "We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Cohen's lawyer Todd Harrison told the judge. Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.
If they find material that does not involve legal advice between a lawyer and a client, or is exempted from attorney-client privilege because it contains evidence of a crime, it can be turned over to investigators.