Trump, Cohen denied exclusive first look at seized documents

Tuesday, 17 Apr, 2018

A federal judge in NY on Monday denied a request by President Donald Trump's personal lawer Michael Cohen for a restraining order to keep prosecutors from looking at material seized from his office and homes during a raid by the FBI one week ago.

Cohen's lawyers requested both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against the USA government.

"T$3 he President still can not identify a single case in which a court has ordered such a remedy, and for good reason - the President's proposal would set a unsafe precedent", the letter, from the deputy us attorney overseeing the investigation and three assistant USA attorneys in New York's Southern District, said.

Lawyers separately representing Cohen's and Trump's interests first asked the U.S. district court in Manhattan to block the Justice Department from reviewing the seized communications last week. A "taint team" is a team of government lawyers who are not involved in the case that search through evidence to ensure no materials that would violate attorney-client privilege make their way into the case.

"The notion that attorney-client privilege is so sacrosanct that the government can not review the documents or the court can not determine these issues is not only antiquated, it's no longer viable", Mr. Ross said. "The legal community lives with the fact that privilege issues are determined by taint teams or special masters".

She warned that Cohen's team will need to "move very fast" to determine which materials it believes should be withheld, adding that it was "a test" for them. "Everybody wants to see him, everybody wants his endorsement".

"It means that if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit", Cohen told ABC News. From 1996 to 2006, Cohen said he worked in his own private legal practice, serving "hundreds of different clients".

UPDATE (2:45 p.m.): Judge Woods rules that Cohen must disclose the name of his third client publicly now, arguing Cohen "has not met the standard for an exception to the notion that client identity...must be revealed".

The hearing hinged on a dispute between the three sides - Trump's, Cohen's, and the Justice Department's - over what constituted privileged materials and who should have the right to review them.

The April 9 raid was carried out to collect information on various matters, including that $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had consensual sex with a married Trump more than a decade ago. "It's that you've miscited the law at times".