Raid on Trump's Lawyer Sought Records on 'Access Hollywood' Tape

15 Апреля, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • President Trump's personal lawyer in Manhattan on Wednesday. Credit Seth Wenig  Associated Press

As his lawyers went to court in NY on Friday to try to block prosecutors from reading files that were seized from the personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, this week, Mr. Trump found himself increasingly isolated in mounting a response.

"Clearly, the prosecutors regard Trump and Cohen as potential co-conspirators", he said.

Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's NY office and home this week, partly based on a referral from Mueller.

"We're pretty confident there are thousands of privileged communications", Cohen's lawyer Todd Harrison told the judge.

In addition to searching Cohen's office and hotel room, prosecutors also obtained warrants to seize material from his cellphones, tablet, laptop and a safe-deposit box, according to people briefed on the warrants. The hearing was set for Monday afternoon.

"Defendants will be substantially prejudiced if compelled to proceed with this case while the criminal investigation related to Mr. Cohen is ongoing, given the substantial overlap between the facts in this action and the criminal investigation, and Mr. Cohen's status as is a key witness." states the filing by attorneys Brent Blakely and Charles Harder.

During a January 2017 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cohen was asked about the Steele dossier's claim that his work for Trump included traveling to Prague in August or September 2016 to meet with Russian officials and Eastern European hackers who were coordinating with the Trump campaign in an effort to discredit Hillary Clinton.

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In that case, the judge said, a special master was used to sort through privilege claims instead of leaving it to prosecutors.

Prosecutor Thomas McKay, who agreed to do nothing with the seized materials until Monday's hearing, told Wood that Trump should get no special privileges.

Hendon also told the judge that she has conveyed her concerns about the use of a "taint team" in the Cohen raids.

Whatever the judge decided, Hendon said, would have to "withstand scrutiny for all time".

Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, suggested at one of the hearings that his client might be the subject of some of the seized materials, and her interests needed protection as well.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, said in a statement this week that the searches of Cohen's office and residences were unnecessary and that the materials seized are protected by the attorney-client privilege. In a footnote in its filing, the prosecutors expressed doubt that any communications between Trump and Cohen regarding a payoff to Daniels before the election would be covered under attorney-client privilege. Cohen merely denied that he had traveled to Prague recently.

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