Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Michael Cohen reveals client list ahead of hearing

Michael Cohen reveals client list ahead of hearing

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

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. It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for agents to search a lawyer's records, and there is a policy in place created to shield information covered by the attorney-client privilege.

But in court papers filed Monday morning, Cohen's lawyers seemingly abandoned that first request, now saying a court-appointed official would be the best way to conduct the review.

Prosecutors say they've set up what's known as a "taint team" or "filter team" to review Cohen's documents so nothing they seized is used improperly or breaches client confidentiality.

The justice department has "reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications", McKay wrote.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted a raid on Cohen's Office, Trump took Twitter to convey his dismay.

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.

It also potentially involved records related to porn star Stormy Daniels, who was paid $130,000 weeks before the election to silence an alleged affair she had with Trump.

One client directed Mr Cohen to not name him publicly, he said, and the other two are Mr Trump and Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy.

The Justice Department's practices are meant to protect a defendant's attorney-client privilege.

The next phase is a battle over the procedures involving who may review the materials seized by FBI investigators last week.

Citing unidentified sources, McClatchy said on Friday that investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is also probing possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, had proof Cohen entered the Czech Republic through Germany.

President Trump suggested Sunday that the recent Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on personal attorney Michael Cohen has left "all" lawyers "deflated and concerned" and reduced attorney-client privilege to "a thing of the past".

President Donald Trump seems to be consumed with anger and dread following the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on his longtime attorney Michael Cohen - but two other business associates could deliver even more damning evidence.

A lawyer for Trump has asked Wood to allow her and the president to decide if any of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Prosecutors say that material should be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers independent from the investigation who could identify records that should remain confidential.

She accuses the Justice Department of acting in an "aggressive, intrusive, and unorthodox manner", and eliminating Trump's "right to a full assertion of every privilege argument available to him". All lawyers are deflated and concerned!'

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