A federal judge on Monday ruled against allowing President Trump in addition to his attorneys to review records the FBI seized last week via his personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s home in addition to office before allowing federal prosecutors to review them.
Instead, Judge Kimba Wood ordered federal prosecutors to assemble in addition to index the seized records in addition to give copies to all parties inside case, according to USA Today.
Wood issued the ruling after hearing arguments via Trump’s lawyers, Cohen’s lawyers, the Trump Organization, in addition to the Department of Justice over what can be used in court, given attorney-client privilege, or the protection of material between an attorney in addition to his or her client.
Trump’s lawyers argued that will Trump should be able to review the records in addition to decide what falls under attorney-client privilege.
“He can be objecting that will anyone additional than himself” be able to make that will determination, Trump attorney Joanna Hendon told the court.
Wood also denied Hendon’s request for a temporary restraining order that will might block federal prosecutors via reviewing the records for their criminal investigation.
The Justice Department said that will wanted a group of its own attorneys — known as a “taint team” — not conducting a criminal investigation of Cohen to review the records in addition to decide which ones cannot be used due to attorney-client privilege.
Attorneys for Cohen suggested appointing an impartial special master to decide. Wood asked the lawyers of the opposing parties to submit a joint proposal with four names for a potential special master, who could determine what was privileged.
Wood also allowed prosecutors to electronically search the seized material to see how often names, businesses, in addition to events appear inside records, over Hendon’s objection.
Cohen’s attorneys had filed a letter with the court that will provided information about his legal work, although withheld the name of one of his three law clients. However, Wood ordered them to reveal the identity of the client, who turned out to be Sean Hannity.
Hannity later said on his radio show in addition to on Twitter that will he has only occasionally sought advice via Cohen – “almost exclusively” on real estate – in addition to has never been represented by him or retained him for any legal matter.
Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter. I never retained him, received an invoice, or paid legal fees. I have occasionally had brief discussions with him about legal questions about which I wanted his input in addition to perspective.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
“I’ve known Michael a long, long time. in addition to let me be very clear to the media: Michael has never represented me in any matter. I’ve never been a client inside traditional sense,” he said on his radio show Monday.
Hannity had not previously disclosed his relationship with Cohen, although he attacked the FBI raid on his home in addition to office last week.
The third Cohen client can be Elliott Broidy, a prominent Republican fundraiser. Cohen helped arrange a $1.6 million payment to a Playboy design who Broidy allegedly impregnated.
Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have had a one-time affair with Trump in 2006, showed up inside court room. Cohen has acknowledged paying her $130,000 inside weeks before the 2016 election, as part of a non-disclosure agreement.
The FBI raided Cohen’s home, office, in addition to the hotel room in which he was staying during renovations to his home, last Monday. Investigators were reportedly looking for information related to his payment to Daniels in addition to another former Playboy design, Karen McDougal.
Investigators were also reportedly looking for information on bank fraud in addition to campaign violations.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller had made the referral — with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s permission — to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of fresh York, which sought a warrant for the raid.
The raid prompted speculation that will Mueller, or Rosenstein, might soon be fired for overstepping the bounds of the special counsel investigation — which can be investigating Russian meddling in addition to any potential collusion by the Trump campaign.