Trump More Afraid of Michael Cohen Raid Than Mueller Probe


Cohen, Trump's fiercely loyal and pugnacious lawyer, was in court to ask a judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review documents seized as part of a criminal investigation.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hearings Friday and again on Monday that if Cohen wanted the court to declare that the some of his files were protected because of attorney confidentiality rules, he would have to divulge the names of his clients.

Last week's raids came after a "months-long" investigation related largely to Cohen's business dealings, rather than his work as a lawyer, prosecutors have said. They said Cohen has told at least one witness that his only client was Trump.

In other words, although Cohen is a lawyer, most of the work that has interested investigators and prosecutors is not legal in nature and so none of the public discussions about attorney-client privilege apply here.

A taint team is essentially responsible for protecting attorney-client privilege, more precisely, if the confiscated documents from a lawyer hold privileged information that is unrelated to the case, the taint team makes sure the prosecutor does not access that information so that it may not play a role in "tainting" their judgment. The FBI raids also sought information that included payments allegedly made to keep women silent about affairs with Trump more than a decade ago.

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Trump's attorneys argue the president and Cohen need to look over those materials first to determine which ones should be excluded under attorney-client privilege.

Last week, he filed a motion to prevent materials seized in an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his office and home from being used, citing attorney-client privilege.

The president's lawyer had already jumped into the fray Friday, saying Trump also is anxious that his rights to attorney-client protections could be violated by the seizure. While Cohen is not in the same situation, there are certainly extraordinary circumstances, given that one of his clients in the President of the United States, and there may be documents involving Trump that have nothing to do with criminal activity. Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.

Trump, or his lawyers, would then get to say what he believed to be off-limits to investigators.