Lawyers for Trump's Personal Attorney Set for Friday Court Appearance

Lawyers for Trump's Personal Attorney Set for Friday Court Appearance

"The appointment of a Special Master will protect the integrity of the Government's investigation from the toxic partisan politics of the day and attacks on the impartiality of the Justice Department" and the USA attorney's office, it reads.

Daniels is connected to Cohen's case, because information about the $130,000 payoff was among the materials seized in the New York City raid on Cohen's office, home, hotel room and electronic devices last Monday.

Federal prosecutors revealed in court documents obtained by ABC News last week that they have already secretly obtained search warrants for various different email accounts associated with Cohen and found no messages between him and the president.

Daniels' attorney said his client plans to attend Cohen's court hearing.

A source familiar with the raids said last week that the information Federal Bureau of Investigation agents were seeking included information about payments to Daniels.

Before he took office, Trump lashed out at USA intelligence agencies, accusing them of leaking reports about the existence of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump's personal lawyers argued Sunday that the Justice Department can't fairly evaluate whether Cohen's records are protected by attorney-client privilege, given the "staggering amount of attention trained on this investigation, Mr. Cohen, and the president".

The issue before Wood is a relatively narrow one: Who should be the first to read the seized material: a team of prosecutors who are uninvolved in the investigation - a so-called taint team - or a special master appointed by the court? His emails and memos with them are covered by attorney-client privilege (unless they are discussing how to further or cover up a criminal act). This would maximize the chance that potentially damaging information will be withheld from prosecutors under attorney-client privilege.

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The government has asked for the names of all of Cohen's clients, so that it can run searches of the seized material and make an initial determination of what might be privileged.

Prosecutors say that material should be reviewed by a team of Justice Department lawyers independent from the investigation who could identify records that should remain confidential.

Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, said at Friday's hearing that "thousands" of documents seized were likely privileged, and that many related to clients other than Trump.

But that doesn't mean that a federal judge might not be sympathetic to challenges to the way the FBI and Justice Department ordinarily do business in these cases. "I think Monday afternoon could prove to be very interesting", said Avenatti on CNN Sunday.

All the same, this legal back and forth over the potential review, she added, is "highly, highly unusual".

Attorneys for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen want the court to order prosecutors to temporarily halt an examination of the material that was seized.

Cohen has argued that some of the documents and data seized in last week's raids are protected by attorney-client privilege or otherwise unconnected to the investigation.

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