That, however, is not what's going on here - or, at least, I don't think it is all that is going on here. Justice Department regulations require prosecutors to have a "taint team" not involved in the underlying investigation to sift through seized materials and make sure prosecutors don't see things that aren't relevant or are protected by lawyer-client privilege.
It's unclear who Cohen met with or what he did in Prague, but his reported trip there came shortly after Paul Manafort abruptly resigned from his role as Trump campaign chairman amid news he had secretly received $12.7 million in secret payment from a pro-Putin Ukrainian political party.
The Justice Department announced Friday that Cohen has been "under criminal investigation" for months in NY over his business dealings.
If Cohen is claiming to have made the transaction on behalf of his friend and long-time client Trump, the situation could be seen by Mueller and those investigating the Trump campaign as a "coordinated, illegal, in kind contribution by Cohen for the objective of influencing the election", Potter said. Or, they said, the court could appoint a special master for that objective. "I can announce that we got comfortable with a security plan last night for my client, she's going to attend at 2 on Monday", Michael Avenatti said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Cohen is due in court Monday, days after Federal Bureau of Investigation agents purged his Manhattan office and residences for files.
The attorney speculated Sunday that Cohen could be indicted by the feds within the next three months.
Those confidentiality rules can be set aside under certain circumstances if investigators have evidence that a crime has been committed.
Russian Federation has denied interfering in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion.
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.