Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

All Lawyers 'Deflated' By FBI Raid On Michael Cohen

All Lawyers 'Deflated' By FBI Raid On Michael Cohen All Lawyers 'Deflated' By FBI Raid On Michael Cohen
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 04:12

Trump's lawyers have filed a letter, calling to halt the prosecutors' use of the documents seized in the raid until Trump and Cohen have a chance to exclude material that can not be used in court on the basis of attorney-client privilege.

Trump's personal lawyers argued Sunday that the Justice Department can't fairly evaluate whether Cohen's records are protected by attorney-client privilege, given the "staggering amount of attention trained on this investigation, Mr. Cohen, and the president".

In court Monday, Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen's lawyers to reveal his client list.

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

The president's legal team filing a last-minute appeal to a judge Sunday night to keep communication between the two secret and privileged.

The post restaurant is frequented by NY power players, but this was a moment when worlds collided, as Cohen is locked in a contentious legal, and media battle with Avenatti.

Cohen arranged a $1.6-million payment to secure the silence of a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant by Broidy, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. They revealed last week Cohen has been under investigation for months and that prosecutors have been secretly reading his emails. Plus, the client had specifically asked for privacy and requested that they appeal any demand to divulge his name. Trump's lawyers say they also want some form of prior review.

When the name was announced, there were gasps and some laughter in a courtroom packed with journalists.

Prosecutors contend that Cohen was "performing little to no legal work" for Trump. "I never retained him in any traditional sense". I never paid a legal fee.

Later he added on Twitter the legal advice he got from Cohen was "almost exclusively about real estate".

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Trump also claimed the ongoing Russian investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is "A TOTAL WITCH HUNT", claiming the FBI "broke into" Cohen's office to conduct the raid.

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, also made an appearance at the hearing.

'We have every reason to believe that some of the documents that were seized relate to my client, ' Avenatti told the court. While in court, she smiled several times as she observed the proceedings from a folding chair near the back of the room.

But Wood didn't buy it, stating that Cohen's attorneys didn't cite any law that would bar the revelation.

At stake is an investigation that could uncover the inner workings of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector.

Hannity, who has been unwavering in his support of Trump, said Cohen has never represented him in a case involving a third party.

The issue before Wood is a relatively narrow one: Who should be the first to read the seized material: a team of prosecutors who are uninvolved in the investigation - a so-called taint team - or a special master appointed by the court?

Cohen's attorneys wrote on Monday morning that although they would be willing to identify his clients to the "special master", some of the clients have asked not to be identified now.

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, takes a call near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave on April 13, 2018 in New York City.

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