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Politics Little attorney-client privilege seen in Trump lawyer probe

01:50  05 june  2018
01:50  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, arrives at federal court, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York. © AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, arrives at federal court, Monday, April 16, 2018, in New York.

NEW YORK — An official overseeing the protection of attorney-client privilege after New York raids targeting President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says a small fraction of 1 percent of the first batch of items to be analyzed is subject to the privilege.

Court-appointed special master Barbara Jones said in a report Monday the analysis so far covers eight boxes of hard documents, two phones and an iPad. More than 15 electronic devices were seized.

The report was submitted to U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who's presiding over a court action brought by attorney Michael Cohen after April 9 raids on his home and office. Prosecutors say the raids were part of a criminal probe involving Cohen's business interests.

The analysis was carried out by Jones and lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization.

Trump Personal Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team .
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, is parting ways with his legal team as federal prosecutors in New York pursue a criminal investigation of him, according to a person familiar with the case. Under deep financial pressure, Cohen plans to hire a new lawyer for the next phase of the probe, the person said. Cohen’s move to switch lawyers was interpreted by some legal observers as a sign he may seek to cooperate with federal prosecutors. But he could have other motives -- it’s unclear, for example, how Cohen plans to fund his expensive legal defense.

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