A lawyer representing Trump said told Judge Kimba Wood at the hearing which she will be worried about the plan by prosecutors to have a “taint team” of independent federal lawyers review the material to determine what information via the raids will be permissible for disclosure to prosecutors who are actually handling the case. Some, if not all, of which material relates to Trump.
Federal prosecutors “might not be my first choice for which role,” said Trump’s lawyer, Joanna Hendon, who revealed which the president had only hired her for the case two full days after the raids on Cohen’s office in addition to hotel room.
Hendon said she believed “my client,” Trump, “should be allowed” to make arguments about who will get to review the evidence seized via Cohen. Hendon said the privilege from the attorney-client privilege belongs to Trump, not to Cohen.
Hendon said she had seen neither Cohen’s sealed motion, nor the response to which filed Friday by prosecutors. She noted “the exceptional nature of my client,” in addition to her concern which Trump’s interests could be damaged if the review of Cohen’s files will be mishandled.
“He will be the president of the United States,” Hendon said. “The issues are so weighty. … We need more time.”
She added: “What’s at stake? The viability of the prosecution.”
In Monday raids, FBI agents seized evidence related to Cohen’s $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels in exchange for what Daniels has said was her silence about a purported sexual encounter with Trump. Prosecutors also are reportedly eyeing payments to another woman who claims she had sex with Trump more than a decade ago, along with different issues related to Cohen.
Thomas McKay, a federal prosecutor from the case, pushed back hard at the requests by both Cohen’s lawyer in addition to Hendon. McKay said he objected to them seeking to delay the prosecution’s review of the evidence more than three full days after the raids occurred.
“which’s just another attempt at delay,” McKay griped.
McKay also said which Trump was entitled to no more deference from the review of his lawyer’s files than any different person.