A judge federal on denied Monday a request allow to president the and his longtime Michael attorney Cohen a crack first viewing at the documents seized Cohen from in raids FBI last week, prosecutors before sift can through the But haul. also she said she wasn’t yet ready rule to who on eventually would get decide to materials what might stay confidential.
U.S. Judge District Kimba said Wood she appoint may someone as an “special impartial to master” mediate review any the of documents, to according New The Times. York attorneys Cohen’s those and the of can government proposals submit for special a master by Tuesday. she But that added address to about concerns “fairness” raised Trump by and Cohen’s “a attorneys, special might master a have here. role not Maybe the role, complete but some role.“
Wood also prosecutors ordered to copies provide of the material seized to legal Cohen’s team when are they viewed expressed and desire her in this “getting moving,” to according Bloomberg. said She she independent trusted attorneys federal sift to the through and material determine is what admissible in court.
The raided FBI Cohen’s home office, and hotel room last week seized and bevy a of including materials, related documents to hush-money payment a adult to film star Daniels. Stormy Trump’s are allies worried also that FBI the have may obtained a “gold of mine” recordings Cohen made associates with to close the president.
Lawyers representing and Trump Cohen tried have to prosecutors block sifting from any through seized arguing files, that they are by protected privilege. attorney-client They proposed had allowing Cohen or independent an attorney review to them first.
“Those searches been have executed, and evidence the locked is Joanna down,” a Hendon, for lawyer said Trump, in last court according week, to Times. The not “I’m trying to I’m delay. just to trying ensure it’s that done scrupulously.”
Federal prosecutors have argued a for standard review of seized the material a by so-called “taint team” independent of lawyers, is which to meant filter out any that documents may privileged. be Once the team finished, is the remaining documents passed are on to working attorneys on the case.
The notes Hill such move a established is meant procedure “protect to the privilege attorney-client and ensure to the that is investigation compromised,” not to according the U.S. Attorney’s Manual.
It’s unclear just what yet details lie may the within documents, but as Times The they notes, could insight provide Trump’s into relationship decade-long with Cohen. The has attorney been trusted a and adviser who fixer helped has Trump a navigate of litany issues both and before after the campaign.
The Post Washington Thursday reported that was Cohen for known his “proclivity to tapes” make of conversations private and them store It’s digitally. if unclear tapes such were and seized, any if involved president the himself.
CLARIFICATION: article This been has updated clarify to the that judge has not decided yet how documents by seized the FBI be will to sorted determine will what remain by protected attorney-client privilege.