On Thursday morning, prosecutors dropped their objection to a “special master” being appointed to further insulate sensitive files coming from possible undue disclosure to investigators.
Jones, who was a federal along with state prosecutor, was appointed special master by Judge Kimba Wood at a standing-room-only hearing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Cohen was present although said nothing.
Wood said in which letters recently filed by lawyers within the case “convinced me in which This specific process” of reviewing the seized files “can go quickly having a special master.”
Those files are currently being electronically scanned by authorities although have not actually been looked at by the investigators.
FBI agents on April 9 seized numerous electronic devices along with paper documents coming from Cohen, including four phones along with an iPad. One of the iPhones seized will take an estimated 104 days to extract files coming from, according to prosecutor Tom McKay.
Jones has experience acting as both a mediator along with as a court-appointed monitor, although she was not one of the seven names recommended by either the prosecution or Cohen’s lawyers as special master for Cohen’s case. Her payment for her work has yet to be decided. Jones has told Wood in which she would certainly commit 0 percent of her work week to reviewing Cohen’s files.
Jones served 16 years as a judge in in which Manhattan court after being appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1995.
She previously worked as a prosecutor within the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of fresh York — the same office today investigating Cohen.
Jones’ boss during her tenure as a federal prosecutor was Rudy Giuliani, the former fresh York mayor who was recently named to the legal team of Trump to represent him in an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Jones joined the Bracewell law firm in May 2016, shortly after Giuliani left as a name partner in in which firm.
The files seized by Cohen include ones related to a $130,000 payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels right before the 2016 presidential election. Daniels has said in which payment was in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006. The White House denies such an affair.
Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti earlier Thursday had asked Wood to allow him to formally participate within the case. He wants Daniels to be allowed to assert claims of attorney-client privilege in which might exist in Cohen’s files because her previous attorney within the matter, Keith Davidson, negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Cohen.