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Lawyers for Michael Cohen say raids 'took everything'

Lawyers for Michael Cohen say raids 'took everything'”

Porn actress Stormy Daniels is expected to attend a court hearing in NY on Monday where a US judge will hear more arguments about US President Donald Trump's extraordinary request that he be allowed to review records seized from his lawyer's office as part of a criminal investigation before they are examined by prosecutors. "The cases upon which the government relies do not authorize this extraordinary measure, and, to our knowledge, no court in this Circuit has ever forced a privilege-holder, over his objection, to rely on government lawyers to protect his attorney-client privilege as to materials that were seized from his own lawyer's office".

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

Dressed in a pink suit, she declined to comment to reporters on Monday - but her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, gave his two cents.

In a filing earlier Monday, Cohen's lawyers said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

According to Politico, U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood heard arguments from prosecutors and Trump's attorneys on Friday about whether the seized documents should be blocked. Prosecutors say Cohen is being investigated for an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings.

At stake is an investigation that could get at the heart of Trump's longtime fixer and image protector.

Trump requested on Sunday that his and Cohen's lawyers be allowed to choose which items seized during the raids are protected by attorney-client privilege before criminal prosecutors can review them.

Cohen is asking Wood for an order allowing his lawyers or a special master appointed by the court to first review the materials before anyone from the US Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY - which executed the warrant - does so.

That request came as a result of Cohen's lawyer at the hearing, Todd Harrison, claiming that "thousands" of documents involved would be protected by attorney-client privilege.

"The president objects to the government's proposal to use a "taint team" of prosecutors from the very office that is investigating this matter to conduct the initial privilege review of documents seized from the President's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, " Hendon's letter said.

Under the procedure, the taint team would turn over to the case investigators all the material that is relevant and not covered by attorney-client privilege.

Hendon proposed yet another level of protections, in which Cohen's lawyers, after finishing their initial review, then be required to "identify to the president all seized materials that relate to him in any way and provide a copy of those materials to him and his counsel".

People familiar with the Cohen investigation have said he is being investigated for possible bank and wire fraud.

In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is also looking into whether any fraud was committed in connection with Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions - assets whose value has plummeted in recent years.



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