Attorneys for President Donald Trump have filed a letter with Federal Choose Kimba M. Wooden within the Southern District of New York to intervene within the ongoing investigation of his private legal professional Michael Cohen. They’re in search of to place a right away cease to the assessment of paperwork seized by the FBI. Earlier this week, federal investigators raided the workplace and lodge room of Cohen, in an try to collect proof about alleged financial institution fraud and attainable marketing campaign violations because it pertains to his involvement in paying hush cash to a number of girls who say they’d affairs with Trump.
Within the letter filed Sunday night, Trump’s attorneys assert that he’s the “privilege-holder” within the legal professional relationship that’s in jeopardy due to the FBI raid. As such, Trump objects to the usage of so-called “taint groups” to evaluate whether or not paperwork violate his rights. Trump is asking the choose to place a cease to the DOJ’s assessment of any of the seized materials instantly, and to permit him the chance to assessment the paperwork first.
Within the letter, Trump’s attorneys contend that no choose within the Southern District has ever pressured a privilege holder (over his objection) to “depend on authorities attorneys to guard his attorney-client privilege as to supplies that have been seized from his personal lawyer’s workplace.”
“[T]he Courtroom ought to enter an order enjoining the federal government from continuing with any assessment of the seized supplies, and directing the federal government to supply a duplicate of the seized supplies to Mr. Cohen in order that our agency and the President could assessment for privilege these seized paperwork that relate to him,” the letter, submitted by Joanna Hendon from Spears & Imes reads. Hendon represents Trump on this matter.
As we’ve beforehand detailed, with a purpose to execute a search warrant on Cohen’s premises, prosecutors with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Southern District obtained a federal choose to log off. On high of that, as a result of they raided the workplace of Trump’s private legal professional, DOJ laws require further steps to make sure attorney-client privilege will not be breached, together with utilizing a separate taint staff to assessment the paperwork earlier than they’re turned over to investigators. Trump has repeatedly taken to twitter to criticize the raid, and insinuate that his legal professional consumer privilege had been breached. Cohen’s legal professional says that the case had been referred to the Southern District partly by Mueller’s staff.
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