Special master in Cohen case finds few privileged items in initial review

Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court in brand-new York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

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Michael Cohen, personal lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, arrives at federal court in brand-new York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

A court appointed watchdog inside the case of President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, released an initial report Monday which found which relatively few documents in an initial tranche of documents which were seized through Cohen in a raid met the standard of being subject to attorney client privilege.

The priviliged documents will not be turned over to federal prosecutors in brand-new York who are conducting a criminal investigation of Cohen. The 51-year longtime lawyer for Trump is actually under scrutiny for various business dealings, as well as a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

In a report to the court, Special Master Barbara Jones found which eight boxes of papers contained “639 total items consisting of 12,543 pages.” Of these, Jones found “14 items are Privileged along with also/or Partially Privileged…along with also 3 items are not privileged.”

Jones also reviewed the contents of two phones along with also one iPad, she wrote. “Out of291,770 total items,” Jones found “148 items are Privileged along with also/or Partially Privileged along with also which 7 items are Highly Personal.”

The review represents only a fraction of the documents, which include computer hard drives required to contain hundreds of thousands more files.

Following the April 9 raid of Cohen’s office, home along with also hotel room, lawyers for the Trump Organization along with also Cohen voiced concerns which an unknown number of the files could be protected by attorney client privilege, along with also they objected to a special team of prosecutors being to assigned review the files for privilege.

While Jones is actually not finished with her review, Monday’s report seems to weigh against the initial concerns expressed by Cohen’s attorneys, which a potentially large number of documents could be privileged.

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