According to a filing in federal court, Trump wants to review some material seized by the FBI during the raid.
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The filing shows that Joanna Hendon, one of Trump’s attorneys, is asking the judge to give copies of everything that was seized so they can determine ones that involve Trump. Then they want to sort out which of the materials are protected by the attorney-client privilege and which are OK for investigators to see.
Trump’s lawyers argue that there were more than a dozen electronic devices and other things that were unrelated to the probable cause that the search warrants for Cohen were based on.
However, prosecutors state that Trump’s request should be rejected. They say that there is a two-step process to decide what is covered by the privilege. They also note that things that are related to the progress of criminal activity are not protected by the privilege.
This comes as it was revealed on Friday by the Department of Justice that Cohen is “under criminal investigation” that revolves around Cohen’s personal “business dealings.”
This report garnered some reactions:
He Trump must think we are stupid, he wants to check it, what a fear he has that his lawyer , had the goodies in him, I’m sure the lawyer does. Too late Trump.
— Lilian Davis (@DavisLilian) April 16, 2018
Criminal suspects aren’t allowed to pick and choose the evidence against them.
— Carmen Kinkade (@steinheim2) April 16, 2018
What??? That is none of his business!!! Is he insane???? That’s information for a grand jury. Sounds like someone needs to cover his orange ass…
— Lisa Trout-Porrini (@lporr88) April 16, 2018
Yeah. Let’s let every Mob Boss see the evidence before the Court sees it and then let the Mob Boss decide what is appropriate for the Court to see.
— Thaddeus Arjuna (@ThaddeusArjuna) April 16, 2018
The “request” made by a Trump attorney to let Cohen and Trump review items seized in raid BEFORE investigators would be laughable if it were not so desperate. Actually, it IS laughable because it is so desperate. #CohenTrumpCellmateshttps://t.co/eLw3UH2KuU
— Paul Reggio (@PaulReggio1) April 16, 2018
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