President Trump seeks to limit access to records seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen want the court to order prosecutors to temporarily halt an examination of the material that was seized.

Following FBI raids on his home, office and hotel room, the Department of Justice announced that they are placing him under criminal investigation.

Adult film star Stormy Daniels will attend a Monday hearing for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, the actress's lawyer said Sunday.

Prosecutors conducting a criminal investigation of Cohen are reportedly interested in payoffs to another woman, who said she had an affair with Trump, as well as Cohen's business interests. They did, to some extent, identifying that Cohen had three clients in the past year: Trump, a former Republican fundraiser named Elliott Broidy and a third person who declined to be named.

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

A taint team is essentially responsible for protecting attorney-client privilege, more precisely, if the confiscated documents from a lawyer hold privileged information that is unrelated to the case, the taint team makes sure the prosecutor does not access that information so that it may not play a role in "tainting" their judgment. It's supposed to prevent "privileged" information from being used against the client. The raid, which took place on the morning of April 9th, targeted Cohen's office, claiming business records, emails, and documents pertaining to the Trump campaign's finances. The raid came after the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY sought and obtained a search warrant.

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President Trump seeks to limit access to records seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation raid

Both McDougal and Daniels say they had affairs with a married Trump, which the president has denied.

Joanna Hendon, a new lawyer for Trump who appeared in court, said her law firm, Spears & Imes LLP, was engaged by Trump on Wednesday and she was "not prepared" to present her argument.

Before he took office, Trump lashed out at USA intelligence agencies, accusing them of leaking reports about the existence of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump's letter also rejected another proposal that had been floated by Cohen: bringing in an independent special master to sort out the privileged documents.

The presidents' lawyers argue prosecutors shouldn't be able to use material seized from Cohen, Mr. Trump's personal attorney, until he and Cohen have determined what in that material should be excluded because of the attorney-client privilege.

President Trump said Sunday that all lawyers are now "deflated and concerned" by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the home and office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen. USA president is outraged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his lawyers tweeting, "Attorney-Client privilege is now a thing of the past". He wrote "I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken".

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

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