Thursday, 22 November, 2018

Michael Cohen, Trump's Lawyer, Appears at Manhattan Court Hearing

Michael Cohen, Trump's Lawyer, Appears at Manhattan Court Hearing Michael Cohen, Trump's Lawyer, Appears at Manhattan Court Hearing
Kenny Thornton | 17 April, 2018, 04:10

While Cohen has seemed to succeed in his law career beyond majority of his Cooley classmates, of whom less than thirty percent find full-time, non-temporary work as attorneys within nine months of graduation, he is expected to appear in court on Monday - this time as a defendant.

Cohen's attorneys followed up with another request on Monday morning for federal Judge Kimba Wood to appoint an independent outside lawyer to review the evidence in the case - a "special master", as opposed to the government's "clean team".

Prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office meant to use a separate "taint team" to review the seized evidence for material that should be protected under attorney-client privilege, while turning over anything relevant to the investigators.

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Minutes earlier, porn star Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, exited the building - after spending about 20 minutes inside - without the adult performer in tow.

"I understand he doesn't want his name out there, but that's not enough under the law", she said.

Cohen's legal team are requesting a temporary restraining order from a United States federal judge in Manhattan that would prevent prosecutors from reviewing at least some of the material.

The FBI executed search warrants last week on Cohen's office, home, security deposit box and hotel room. During that session, lawyers for Cohen are expected to tell the judge overseeing the case how many legal clients he has and how many seized documents he thinks might be covered by attorney-client privilege. Daniels, who has been talking openly about what she says was her liaison with Trump, is suing to get out of the agreement.

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Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings and was ordered to appear in federal court Monday in NY to help answer questions about his law practice.

Last week, a source familiar with the raids said that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking for information on payments to Daniels among materials related to other business dealings.

The issue before Wood is a relatively narrow one: Who should be the first to read the seized material: a team of prosecutors who are uninvolved in the investigation - a so-called taint team - or a special master appointed by the court? She also wants to ensure that she is heard and that she is represented at the hearing.

"If that happens - or if the USA attorney's office in NY takes a similar interest - then the media might have to reassess its take on Cohen and the role he's playing in the broader drama surrounding the White House", O'Brien said. The use of filter teams is standard in federal criminal investigations. Cohen served for more than a decade as a trusted fixer and, during the campaign, helped tamp down brewing scandals about women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators "took everything" during the raids, including more than a dozen electronic devices. Mueller's office referred the case about his business dealings to NY but hasn't been involved since, the Manhattan prosecutors said. Joanna Hendon appeared for the president at Friday's hearing, telling Wood that Trump had "an acute interest" in the handling of the seized materials.

"It would permit subjects or targets of an investigation, who have not yet been indicted, to delay government investigations into their criminal conduct, by giving them, and not the government, the authority to make unilateral determination not only of what is privileged, but also of what is "responsive" to the warrant".

"Among other things, President Trump has publicly denied knowing that Cohen paid Clifford, and suggested to reporters that they had to "ask Michael" about the payment", the footnote argues, citing a story by CNN's Kevin Liptak.

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