Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump Wants To Review Seized Cohen Documents To Assert Privilege

Trump Wants To Review Seized Cohen Documents To Assert Privilege

That was the revelation in a federal courtroom in New York Monday, where lawyers for the president, the Justice Department and Trump attorney Michael Cohen squared off in in a high-stakes clash over attorney-client privilege.

President Donald Trump has been furious with the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever since the raid on the office of his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, resulting in the confiscation of all client-related documents.

Cohen's appearance in court on Monday became a media circus - attracting not only a scrum of reporters to the court but X-rated actress Stormy Daniels, former Trump aide Carter Page and even former Gov. Elliot Spitzer.

Cohen's hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday in Manhattan. But the raid reportedly unsettled Trump enough that he had a phone call with Cohen on Friday to "check in".

Donald Trump's personal lawyer is due in court in an extraordinary showdown with United States prosecutors Monday over documents seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his home, with a porn star also expected to attend.

However, after Cohen spoke about paying Daniels $130,000, she claimed the agreement had been breached, setting her free to tell her story about her alleged physical encounters with the president. They acknowledged that the investigation was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, but was being conducted by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan.

"It nearly goes without saying, unfortunately", Harrison wrote, "that none of Mr. Cohen's clients want to be associated with the government raid on his home and law office, or want to be affiliated in any way with the proceedings here and the attendant media coverage".

The government has asked for the names of all of Cohen's clients, so that it can run searches of the seized material and make an initial determination of what might be privileged.

Prosecutors challenged the letter, saying this is not a special case, adding that "Michael Cohen and President Trump made inflammatory public statements about this case", Gainer reported.

They said investigators seized more than a dozen electronic devices and other items including documents and data unrelated to the probable cause upon which the search warrants were based.

In a court filing on Sunday night, lawyers for Trump asked to be allowed to review documents that in any way relate to the president.

Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen's personal business activities, but haven't said what law they think he's broken.

The answer, the attorneys say, is Trump, the privilege-holder, "should be permitted to review the materials for privilege in the first instance".

An adult film star who says she was paid to keep quiet about an affair with US President Donald Trump has arrived at a court hearing for his lawyer.

The Justice Department's practices are meant to protect a defendant's attorney-client privilege. Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.

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