‘So ordered’: Court grants Trump request to intervene in Michael Cohen case

Apr 24, 2018
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President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is due in federal court Monday where a judge is expected to rule whether his client list can be made public. In late 2016, he paid adult-film star Stormy Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her agreement not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

The vocal Trump supporter had never mentioned his involvement with Cohen and last week called the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid an “all-hands-on-deck effort to totally malign and, if possible, impeach the president of the United States”.

“The (US Attorney) and Federal Bureau of Investigation have reason to believe that Cohen has exceedingly few clients and a low volume of potentially privileged communications”, the Justice Department motion said.

His lawyers asked the court to give them the first look at the seized materials so they can identify which documents may be privileged.

Wood left the matter unresolved and gave both sides until Wednesday to submit possible candidates for a special master to review what might be covered by the attorney-client privilege.

Wood told prosecutors to put all the seized documents into a searchable database to determine which should come under review.

The judge did not make a decision but said she was considering appointing the special master – not because of legal precedent but in the interest of avoiding the appearance of bias in the politically charged case.

Of course, when President Trump’s personal lawyer ended up outing Hannity as the client who wished to remain anonymous, it created an instant news frenzy for much of the political media.

Possibly. Hannity said Cohen never represented him in any matter and he never paid him any retainer or fee.

Neither Cohen nor his lawyers commented after the hearing. Daniels’ lawyer says she’ll be there, too, as will Cohen, who has been ordered to appear in court to help answer questions about his law practice.

Mr. Hannity said that none of the matters for which he sought Mr. Cohen’s advice involved lawsuits or payoffs.

Daniels, wearing a pink skirt and black heels, stumbled and nearly fell on the wet sidewalk outside the courthouse among a throng of reporters and camera crews.

“Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past”, he tweeted.

On Monday 9 April, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the office and hotel room of Michael Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, seizing business records, emails and documents related to several topics, including a payment to Stormy Daniels (the porn star paid $130,000 by Michael Cohen on Trump’s behalf).

But Daniels, best known before her claim of sleeping with Trump for such XXX movies as “Big Busted Goddesses of Las Vegas” and “The Witches of Breastwick”, easily upstaged the man-of-the-hour as she strutted through a throng of photographers and news cameras outside the Pearl Street courthouse.

A fiery appearance by Donald Trump’s alleged former mistress, and an embarrassing revelation about a close journalist friend of the president have overshadowed day one of an important court case that threatens a United States political showdown.

Assessments made by the so-called “dirty team” or “taint team” could be challenged in court by Cohen if he is charged with a crime, Ohlin said. Noah wasn’t impressed. Comey’s paeans to America and truth sound like a Drake lyric, he said, but “when you’re also throwing grade-school shade” about Trump’s hair and hands, it “doesn’t sound like an impartial lawman”. She says she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen has a mystery client he’s done legal work for in the last two years that he is trying to protect the identity of as the USA government prepares to go through the documents seized from him last week.

Wood did not issue a ruling immediately but hearings are scheduled to continue on Monday.

President Trump is trying to block the DOJ from seeing evidence collected from his private lawyer.

The lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday that the raids a week ago to gather evidence from attorney Michael Cohen were “completely unprecedented”.

Mr Hannity has described his personal dealings with Mr Cohen as centred on real estate advice. REUTERS  Mike Segar

 

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