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Trump wants to review all Cohen material before investigators

17 Avril 2018

Last week, Cohen's attorneys asked the judge to order prosecutors to temporarily halt an examination of the materials Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized during the raid of his office, apartment and hotel room.

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.

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, crosses E. 61st St. near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

The lawyer who represented President Trump in offering hush money to a porn star also represents one of the president's biggest cheerleaders: Fox News host Sean Hannity.

The prosecutors investigating Cohen have not provided any details about what they are probing, but it reportedly relates to "acts of concealment" by the president's attorney.

Cohen has asked the court to give his own lawyers the first look at the seized materials so they can identify documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege.

The team comprises individuals who are not directly linked to the ongoing investigation, whether it be agents or lawyers, to make sure the process is carried out without any bias.

"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", he tweeted Sunday.

Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Trump's attorneys relied on Martha Stewart's case, not Lynne Stewart's.

That procedure involves having a "taint team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege. Cohen has long described himself as an attorney for Trump but has for years filled a more wide-ranging role as a general troubleshooter.

Cohen made a similar argument last week.

Wood instead allowed prosecutors to move forward with the initial stages of the review.

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

Daniels's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said that she would be in federal court Monday to watch Cohen's hearing.

But that doesn't mean that a federal judge might not be sympathetic to challenges to the way the FBI and Justice Department ordinarily do business in these cases.

Daniels' lawyer Attorney Michael Avenatti said, "I think Monday afternoon could prove to be interesting".

All the same, this legal back and forth over the potential review, she added, is "highly, highly unusual".

Cohen's legal team are requesting a temporary restraining order from a U.S. federal judge in Manhattan that would prevent prosecutors from reviewing at least some of the material.

Wood ordered Cohen to appear in court at 2 p.m. Monday to answer her directly.

Cohen has argued that some of the documents and data seized in last week's raids are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation. The judge requested that Cohen be present in court on Monday.

"Cohen's novel proposal [for review] would set a unsafe precedent", wrote the US prosecutors, in Friday's filing.

Trump wants to review all Cohen material before investigators