Lawyer: Trump ready for role in raids' evidence review

27 April 2018, 12:37 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Getty Images

Judge faces key choice in Michael Cohen case

She will ultimately decide what is considered privileged material that prosecutors can't see. The request for a special master was originally made by Cohen. The parties had submitted seven other possible candidates, including former magistrate judges and prosecutors.

The prosecutors have asked for a quick review.

Trump's comments in an interview with Fox & Friends were the first time he has conceded his connection to Cohen's deal with Stormy Daniels, who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, after Trump's marriage and the birth of his youngest son. Earlier, she worked in both the United States Attorney's Office and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY wrote to federal Judge Kimba Wood on Thursday that they were prepared to withdraw their objection to a "special master".

In their filing, prosecutors withdrew their previous opposition to the appointment of a special master, provided that a third party receive the documents before Cohen and his attorneys.

Trump, who has said little publicly about an adult-film star who says she was paid to stay silent about a one-night stand she had with Trump in 2006, also confirmed for the first time that Cohen had represented him in "this insane Stormy Daniels deal".

Raiding an attorney's office is a last-resort option for the Justice Department when it fears that documents could be destroyed if they were sought in any other way. The judge said she'll "revisit" the arrangement if the process drags on, the New York Post reported.

LeBron James Buzzer-Beater Thrills Twitter
James made several early hoops on vicious drives, getting around the corner repeatedly and beating any help to the rim. James made basket after basket in the paint, racking up nine of them from within three feet by halftime.

Chelsea's Marcos Alonso faces ban after FA charge over Shane Long challenge
Despite the incident having not been seen by officials, the FA chose to take action after reviewing footage of the challenge. Chelsea left-wing-back Marcos Alonso does not deserve his spot in the PFA Team of the Year.

Mitt Romney won't commit to backing
Meanwhile, Romney's GOP primary opponent has positioned himself as the underdog fighting against the "Romney machine". Romney said in February that he generally approves of Trump's agenda, but would call out the president if needed.

Wood ordered prosecutors to turn all of the seized materials over to Jones, who will review them to determine what is protected by attorney-client privilege.

Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen. Eight boxes of hard copy documents were removed. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had previously told reporters that he expected Cohen to plead the Fifth Amendment, but it was not official until the court filing Wednesday. Cohen's lawyers are arguing that most of the documents are privileged, while SDNY has been saying that Cohen's records are predominately business records, not legal ones. He added that having Cohen's attorney suggest nonresponsive material would also slow down the task at hand, reviewing materials for privilege.

Cohen's NY home and office were raided by the FBI this month as part of an unspecified criminal investigation and Trump sought in the "Fox and Friends" interview to distance himself from his longtime personal attorney. There were no campaign funds going into this which would've been a problem, ' he said, in reference to the $130,000 payment to Daniels weeks before the election which Cohen says he made from his own funds.

Daniels' move to take part in the case in NY on Thursday could add another voice in the fight over who's reviewing Cohen's files.

Prosecutors had initially pushed for the use of a Justice Department "taint team" to perform the review, but cited new developments in changing their position. Agents also seized communications with his lawyer, Brent Blakely, about the civil case, Cohen said.

Daniels's lawyer concluded, "We now find out that that's bogus".



Other News

Trending Now

Florida Police Use Dead Man's Finger to Try Unlocking His Phone
Two Florida detectives showed up at a man's funeral, but their intent was not to pay him any respect for his untimely passing. Legally, the detectives were in the right because under the law, there is no expectation of privacy after death.

Tesla is sliding after halting Model 3 production (TSLA)
Since October 24, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 10 selling transactions for $4.46 million activity. A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business.

6 arrested on charges of kidnapping and molesting school girl
Police arrested 14 people including a 41-year-old Footscray woman charged with traffic GHB and possessing a prohibited weapon. Gutierrez eventually bailed out of the vehicle at a Starbucks along Saratoga Boulevard.

Trump slams California governor over U.S. troops at border
A spokesman pointed to a tweet written Wednesday night by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, thanking the California governor for his efforts.

Trump says he doesn't expect attorney Michael Cohen to 'flip'
Nunberg told CNN's Abby Phillip: "I have no idea who POTUS is talking about so I have no response". Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected.

VOX to open multiplex in Riyadh soon
A kissing scene in " Black Panther " was reportedly cut from the film for Wednesday's screening. Some powerful religious voices still oppose the opening.

Sony Unveils New Trailer for Tom Hardy's 'Venom' at CinemaCon
After languishing in development hell for almost a decade, Sony's standalone Venom movie finally got off the ground in 2016. Just a reminder: we first saw Venom in Spider-Man 3, where the character appeared as the anti-hero to Peter Parker.

FTC Audit of Facebook Turns Up Nothing
Facebook had struck a deal with the FTC in 2011 after an investigation into the social media company's privacy practices. Zuckerberg pledged to limit the information the platform developers can access and they have to get users' approval.

Football Association apologise for Harry Kane tweet
The BBC report that neither Manchester United nor Tottenham were impressed with the tweet from the official FA account. Tottenham striker Harry Kane defended his form after their FA Cup semifinal defeat to Manchester United .

International Monetary Fund communiqué: Trade, debt seen as threats to global growth
China retaliated with tariffs of its own on USA imports, particularly from the agriculture and metal industries. At an announcement Friday from the International Monetary Fund meetings, U.S.