Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who raided the office and residences of President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen this week specifically sought his communications with Trump, an indication that investigators are scrutinizing the role of the then-candidate in 2016.
"In the process of asking for that, they have to demonstrate why it is likely evidence of a crime", said Jennifer Rodgers, a former federal prosecutor who is executive director of Columbia Law School's Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity.
Trump has denounced the raid as a "disgrace", an "attack" on the nation, and "a witch-hunt".
A lawyer for President Donald Trump sought in court on Friday to stop US prosecutors from deciding what materials seized from his personal attorney can be used in a probe that began with a referral by investigators looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has expressed fury that prosecutors could have obtained communications he had with his lawyer, posting on Twitter this week, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"
Cohen has been accused of making an in-kind contribution to Trump's campaign by paying Clifford with his own money in order to benefit the president's run for office.
A subpoena is more typical, to protect attorney-client privilege.
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Prosecutors said today their criminal probe is focused on Cohen's personal business dealings.
The new details from the warrant reveal that prosecutors are keenly interested in Mr. Cohen's unofficial role in the Trump campaign.
In a footnote, prosecutors wrote that although the investigation was referred to prosecutors by Mueller, it was proceeding independently.
Investigators were also reportedly seeking records of discussions about the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape released during the 2016 presidential campaign.
None of those emails, they added, was exchanged with Trump.
Clifford's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, spoke briefly in court.
Avenatti said it's "very possible" that the porn actress would show up at Monday's hearing. Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 before the election, and he allegedly helped coordinate a $150,000 payment McDougal from American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.