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Lawyers for Trump’s Personal Attorney Set for Friday Court Appearance

NEW YORK — A federal judge in Manhattan has scheduled arguments on Friday over the contentious search warrant carried out earlier this week at the office and hotel room of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen.

It will be the first public hearing related to the F.B.I. raid that has roiled the White House. It was not immediately clear on Friday what specific issues the court hearing would address.

Mr. Cohen’s attorneys have called the raid of his offices and hotel room an overreach of the law, and the president has said that the attorney-client privilege is dead because of the action.

Lawyers for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump have been considering their legal options to try to protect investigators from reading Mr. Trump’s communications with Mr. Cohen. Separately, media organizations have also requested access to the search warrant documents.

The F.B.I. seized documents that dated back years, some of which are related to payments to two women who have said they had affairs with Mr. Trump. Other documents seized included information about the role of the National Enquirer in silencing one of the women, people briefed on the investigation have said.

The raid on Mr. Trump’s longtime personal attorney surprised and angered the president who has been frustrated with the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, the Kremlin’s possible coordination with Trump associates and whether the president has been deliberately trying to obstruct those inquiries. On Monday, Mr. Trump called the raid an “attack on our country in a true sense.”

Federal agents in New York were looking for information about Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model who claims she had a nearly yearlong affair with Mr. Trump shortly after the birth of his youngest son in 2006. American Media Inc., which owns the National Enquirer, paid Ms. McDougal $150,000. The chief executive of America Media Inc. is a friend of Mr. Trump’s.

Agents were also searching Mr. Cohen’s office and hotel room for information related to Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, a pornographic film actress. Ms. Clifford has said she had sex with Mr. Trump while he was married. Mr. Cohen has acknowledged that he paid Ms. Clifford $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement to secure her silence days before the 2016 presidential election. Mr. Trump recently told reporters he knew nothing about the agreement.


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