Gov't: Letting Trump Review Seized Cohen Docs Would Be 'Dangerous Precedent'


An exasperated Hannity addressed the revelation on his radio show Monday afternoon, calling it much ado about nothing.

Hannity said he likes to have people he can run questions by, and occasionally asked Cohen for his opinion about legal matters.

We do not know, of course, what work Cohen completed on behalf of Sean Hannity.

Federal prosecutors in a letter to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood Monday pushed back on President Trump's request that he and his attorney Michael Cohen get the first opportunity, before Justice Department lawyers, to review documents seized in FBI raids on Cohen last week.

"They're always hoping for the worst when it relates to any conservative".

"I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers, taken".

"I don't think that that is that complicated".

Another was Elliot Broidy, a Trump fundraiser who resigned from the Republican National Committee on Friday after it was revealed that he paid $1.6 million to a Playboy Playmate with whom he had an extramarital affair. Cohen arranged the deal.

Michael Cohen, who prosecutors revealed last week is under criminal investigation, has asked the court to give his own lawyers the first look at the seized materials so they can identify documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Prosecutors say that request should be rejected, noting that there is an established two-step process to determine what material is covered by attorney-client privilege.

The hearing will focus on Cohen and Trump's effort to review the documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Cohen also has sought to review the material before prosecutors gain access them.

The hearing will focus on Cohen and Trump's effort to review the documents seized by the FBI
The hearing will focus on Cohen and Trump's effort to review the documents seized by the FBI

Cohen, Trump's lawyer for years, has admitted paying Daniels $130,000 before the 2016 election.

Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti also appeared Friday and suggested that some of the seized materials may involve the adult actress.

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"A clear sign of impartiality is particularly important in this hyper-partisan era", he said.

"As the Court is surely aware, there is a growing public debate about whether criminal and congressional investigations by the government are being undertaken impartially, free of any political bias or partisan motivation". They called the search "completely unprecedented".

Cohen's hearing is set for 2 p.m. Monday in Manhattan.

In Stewart's case, the court ordered a neutral special master to review the files, allowing both sides to raise objections to the special master's decisions.

On Sunday evening, Trump's lawyer Joanna Hendon brought a similar argument.

His lawyers want to be allowed to decide which items seized are protected by attorney-client privilege before criminal prosecutors see them. "Such a rule is unworkable and ripe for abuse", wrote Robert Khuzami, deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY.

"It would permit subjects or targets of an investigation, who have not yet been indicted, to delay government investigations into their criminal conduct, by giving them, and not the government, the authority to make unilateral determination not only of what is privileged, but also of what is "responsive" to the warrant".

Cohen is expected to attend the hearing.