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Michael Cohen Is on a One-Way Train to Screwsville

17 April 2018

Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen had a run in with Michael Avenatti in an upscale eatery Avra, on the Upper East Side of NY.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said in hearings Friday and again on Monday that if Cohen wanted the court to declare that the some of his files were protected because of attorney confidentiality rules, he would have to divulge the names of his clients.

A lawyer for Trump has asked Wood to allow her and the president to decide if any of the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. Her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, believes some of the materials seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation may relate to $130,000 in hush money Cohen paid Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

Wood said she would consider the idea.

Cohen previously tried to get a restraining order against the feds, requesting that he and his legal team be allowed to review the seized documents first.

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Cohen is due in court to argue over the fate of the thousands of documents seized in last week's raid. Sean Hannity one of Cohen's clients Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's no "big deal" that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs.

In the new filing, Cohen says the appointment of a "special master" to review the documents seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation would establish the "appearance of fairness". Cohen said he paid Daniels $130,000 in exchange for her silence about her claim to have had a one-night-stand with Trump.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's embattled lawyer, is expected to appear in a courtroom in Manhattan today as prosecutors and Cohen's lawyer continue to argue over the fruits - and future - of the extraordinary raids that federal agents conducted last week on Cohen's office, home and hotel room.

Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen's personal business dealings.

Last week, a source familiar with the raids said that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were looking for information on payments to Daniels among materials related to other business dealings.

That procedure involves having a "taint team" of prosecutors outside the investigation review all the material and separate what is covered by the privilege.

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Joanna Hendon, Trump's lawyer, told an initial court hearing last Friday that the U.S. president has an "acute interest" in the matter.

"Cohen's novel proposal [for review] would set a risky precedent", wrote the USA prosecutors, in Friday's filing.

Lawyers for Cohen said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

On Monday, Cohen's attorney called the searches "completely inappropriate and unnecessary".

Daniels is expected to appear at Monday's hearing.

The lawyers wrote in a court filing Monday that the raids a week ago to gather evidence from attorney Michael Cohen were "completely unprecedented".

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Echoing several of Mr. Trump's supporters, the lawyers also noted in their filing that there was "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". The president has denied any knowledge of the payment to secure Daniels' October 2016 signature on a hush agreement preventing her from talking about the liaison.

Michael Cohen Is on a One-Way Train to Screwsville