President Trump says he should be allowed to review the documents seized by the FBI as part of a criminal probe into his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, according to a new Manhattan court filing.
Trump made the request in the federal papers Sunday night — supporting Cohen’s emergency request to block the feds from reviewing any of his documents until Cohen gets a chance to look at them or until the court appoints a “special master” to take over the review.
“For the reasons detailed below, the court should enter an order enjoining the government from proceeding with any review of the seized materials, and directing the government to provide a copy of the seized materials to Mr. Cohen so that our firm and the President may review for privilege those seized documents that relate to him,” according to the document filed by Trump lawyer Joanna Hendon.
Cohen says the feds should not be allowed to review his documents on their own amid concerns that they have access to “thousands and thousands” of documents that should be off limits to them because they are protected by attorney-client privilege.
The president’s lawyer had already jumped into the fray Friday, saying Trump also is worried that his rights to attorney-client protections could be violated by the seizure.
The president “has an acute interest in this proceeding and the manner in which these materials are reviewed,” Hendon said at an emergency hearing Friday.
“It has to be done right. He is the president of the United States.”
The judge overseeing the request, Kimba Wood, took no action Friday in part because Cohen’s lawyer failed to produce a client list, which she said she needed to assess his concerns.
Wood ordered Cohen to appear in court at 2 p.m. Monday to answer her directly.
Porn star Stormy Daniels, who says Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep silent about an alleged fling with Trump, is also planning to make an appearance.
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