Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

Lester Mason
April 17, 2018

In the letter Monday to Wood, who last week pressed for more information about who aside from Trump had been represented by Cohen, Cohen's lawyers said that in 2017 and 2018 he had three primary legal clients - Trump, Broidy and a third client who directed Cohen "not to reveal the identity publicly".

Prosecutors with the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

Cohen, who is under criminal investigation for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, has argued that material seized in the raids could contain privileged information and needs to be reviewed before federal prosecutors have a chance to scrutinize it. Trump said he was unaware of the payment and the White House had said Trump denies that the one-time sexual encounter took place.

In an effort to evaluate these competing narratives, Woods has ordered Cohen to turn over his client list to the court on Monday morning. And that, of course, could become a matter of some significance, given the recent searches of Mr. Cohen's offices and residences.

Lawyers for Michael Cohen argued in court on Monday that they could not identify Hannity because he asked that his name not be disclosed in connection with an Federal Bureau of Investigation seizure of Cohen's files and they wanted to protect him from embarrassment, CBS2's Alice Gainer reported. According to Stormy's attorney, she will be present at Trump attorney hearing.

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

That procedure involves having a "taint team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege.


Mr. Trump's attorneys assert that the president is the holder of privilege, and that his privilege is in jeopardy.

A legal fight over what should happen to records the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from President Donald Trump's personal attorney took a surprise twist Monday when the lawyer, Michael Cohen, was forced to reveal a secret - that he had also done legal work for Fox News host Sean Hannity.

A lawyer for Trump, Joanna Hendon, asked in a filing on Sunday to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president, which she described as being seized amid a "highly politicized, even fevered, atmosphere".

Trump's personal lawyer, Cohen, payed the adult actress $130,000 in hush money to keep quiet about her alleged affair with the president. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review.

The prosecutors assert that they have confidence that any seized material would not fall under the significant amount of attorney-client privilege that Cohen has claimed.

For years, Cohen has secretly done the dirty work for Donald Trump and his associates under the protective umbrella of "attorney-client privilege".

Prosecutors say they are focusing on Michael Cohen's business dealings rather than his work as a lawyer. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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