Trump turns spotlight on attorney-client privilege

Ceria Alfonso
Abril 17, 2018

The pursuit of Cohen by prosecutors in New York's southern district presents a second front of legal peril for Trump, who reacted furiously to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids and claimed they were part of the same supposed "witch-hunt" led by Mueller that has blighted his presidency.

Attorneys forMichael Cohen, PresidentDonald Trump's personal lawyer whose records were seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid last week, have subtly altered their stance on who should review the evidence now in the hands of authorities.

Lawyers for Trump attorney Michael Cohen had asked for the appointment of a so-called special master to review the material and make sure nothing protected by attorney-client privilege winds up in the hands of investigators.

Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, said at Friday's hearing there were thousands of documents seized that were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.

Following the hearing Friday, the judge ordered the parties to return to court Monday for another hearing, where Cohen will have to be present.

Last week, Mr Broidy stepped down from his position as Republican National Committee deputy finance chair after it was reported that Mr Cohen helped arrange a $1.6m settlement with a former Playboy model on behalf of the Republican fundraiser, according to a Wall Street Journal article. Prosecutors have defended the search in part by saying that the investigation has shown that Cohen does not do much legal work and does not appear to have many clients.

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"If that happens - or if the USA attorney's office in NY takes a similar interest - then the media might have to reassess its take on Cohen and the role he's playing in the broader drama surrounding the White House", O'Brien said.

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The request comes after Cohen's home, hotel room, and office were raided by F.B.I. agents on April 9.

They've reportedly asked a judge to block Trump's own Justice Department from seeing evidence about Cohen, Trump's private lawyer, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized in a raid last week, reports Bloomberg.

Wood denied a request by Trump's lawyer, Joanna Hendon, that the president and Cohen get the first crack at designating which documents should be off-limits to investigators.

The information seized reportedly relates to hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, two women who allegedly had affairs with Donald Trump.

They declined to say publicly what laws they believed Cohen had broken, but said the probe had to do with her personal business dealings.

Prosecutors suggested in their filing that while Cohen "holds himself out as a practicing attorney", he is actually exaggerating the extent of his work in an attempt to cast a wide net of attorney-client privilege over the records seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All lawyers are deflated and concerned!'

Prosecutors say that material should be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers independent from the investigation who could identify records that should remain confidential.

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