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strike a deal with pros­e­cu­tors out of con­cern about his own prospects.

“I think it’s a huge mine­field for Don­ald Trump and the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said trial at­tor­ney Joseph Cam­marata, who rep­re­sented Paula Jones in her sex­ual ha­rass­ment suit against Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton. “I think this is on its own track and this train is com­ing down the track with brute force.”

The wild le­gal show con­tin­ued to play out Mon­day, at a court hear­ing in New York be­fore a fed­eral judge who is con­sid­er­ing what to do with the ma­te­rial that the FBI seized from Co­hen. The scene was punc­tu­ated by dra­matic en­trances and rev­e­la­tions. Stormy Daniels — the porn ac­tress who al­leged she had a sex­ual af­fair with the pres­i­dent — made an ap­pear­ance, stum­bling on her high heels as she was swarmed by press. Co­hen was forced to re­veal that another one of his clients is Fox News host Sean Han­nity, a high-pro­file con­fi­dant of the pres­i­dent.

Trump left the White House for Florida, for a two-day sum­mit with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe at the pres­i­dent’s Mara-Lago es­tate. Ad­vis­ers are hop­ing the meet­ing will draw at­ten­tion from the le­gal tem­pest in Wash­ing­ton and New York.

On the trip south, White House spokes­woman Sarah Huck­abee San­ders sought to put dis­tance be­tween Trump and Co­hen, say­ing: “I be­lieve they’ve still got some on­go­ing things, but the pres­i­dent has a large num­ber of at­tor­neys, as you know.”

The fed­eral raid, car­ried out a week ago in New York City, sought bank records, in­for­ma­tion on Co­hen’s deal­ing in the taxi in­dus­try, Co­hen’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the Trump cam­paign and in­for­ma­tion on pay­ments he made in 2016 to for­mer Play­boy model Karen McDou­gal and to Daniels, both of whom al­lege re­la­tion­ships with Trump. The court pro­ceed­ings Mon­day dealt with who gets to look at Co­hen’s seized doc­u­ments and de­vices be­fore they are turned over to pros­e­cu­tors.

Though Co­hen once said he “would take a bul­let” for Trump, he is aware of the pos­si­ble out­come — in­clud­ing po­ten­tial prison time — and has ex­pressed worry about his fam­ily, said a per­son who has spo­ken to the lawyer in re­cent days but is not au­tho­rized to dis­cuss pri­vate con­ver­sa­tions. Co­hen has not been charged with any­thing.

Trump’s moods have grown darker in re­cent days, as he lashes out at the “over­reach” of the raid. Fur­ther an­ger­ing the pres­i­dent is that the raid was trig­gered in part by a re­fer­ral from spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller, who is look­ing into Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. The raid was au­tho­rized by the U.S. At­tor­ney for the South­ern District of New York.

On Twit­ter Sun­day, Trump said that all lawyers are now “de­flated and con­cerned” by the FBI raid on Co­hen, adding that “At­tor­ney Client priv­i­lege is now a thing of the past.” Trump has also taken to down­play­ing Co­hen’s role.

The pres­i­dent also in­veighed fur­ther against for­mer FBI Direc­tor James Comey, who said Mon­day morn­ing that Trump was morally un­fit to be pres­i­dent. That was a few hours af­ter Comey said the same and worse in a highly pro­moted ABC in­ter­view. Powerball (April 14): 17-19-26-61-62 Power Ball: 15 Power Play: 2 Mega Mil­lions (April 13): 8-9-32-42-59 Mega Ball: 10 Me­gaplier: 4 Cash 5 (April 16): 5-9-34-35-37 Xtra: 4 Pick 6 (April 16): 11-12-24-29-37-47 Xtra: 4 On­line: Check out the lot­tery Mas­ter’s blog HTTPS://KARL­SLOT­TERY­BLOG.BLOGSPOT.COM

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