Trump attorney fighting to keep government from reading raided Cohen material

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 17, 2018

On Sunday night, an attorney for Mr Trump filed papers seeking to bar the US Department of Justice from reviewing the documents seized from Mr Cohen.

CNN reported Friday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized recordings Cohen made of his conversations with a lawyer representing two women who had alleged affairs with Trump, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Cohen has been ordered to appear Monday in federal court in NY for arguments over last week's raid.

In a court filing Friday, federal prosecutors said the criminal investigation into Cohen had been going on for months and agents already had searched multiple email accounts maintained by Cohen under an earlier search warrant. This would maximize the chance that potentially damaging information will be withheld from prosecutors under attorney-client privilege.

Cohen's attorneys want prosecutors ordered to temporarily halt an examination of the seized material, saying it's protected by attorney-client privilege.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen for $130,000 to stay quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.

"Unlike a search of a traditional law office, the information gathered thus far in the investigation suggests that the overwhelming majority of evidence seized during the searches will not be privileged material, but rather will relate to Cohen's business dealings".

It also emerged Cohen facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant from a relationship with Broidy, who was the deputy chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned Friday when the payment became public.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, which is handling the case, plans to avoid violating the attorney/client privilege by using a special process to handle materials seize from Cohen.

They acknowledged that the investigation was referred by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, but was being conducted by the US attorney's office in Manhattan.

Trump, or his lawyers, would then get to say what he believed to be off-limits to investigators.

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

Court documents show that for months, Cohen, who is President Donald Trump's lawyer, has been under criminal investigation; however, the exact reasons remain unclear.

Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation - a so-called "taint team". "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Although the facts are still coming together concerning the extent of Cohen's involvement with Trump during his presidential campaign, what's certain is that his name won't be fading from the spotlight anytime soon.

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