Judge to rule if Cohen's client list can be made public

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But the filing contains the first details released by the Justice Department on the searches, which covered Cohen's residence, hotel room, office, safety deposit boxes and two cell phones.

In them, they found that Cohen had done "little to no legal work, and that zero emails were exchanged with President Trump".

"The question now before the Court is, who should perform the initial review of the seized materials to assess whether they are, or are not, subject to a valid claim of privilege: a taint team consisting of colleagues of the prosecutors assigned to this investigation, or the President, who is the holder of the privilege, and as such, has a unique interest in assuring that every privileged item is fully protected from improper disclosure". I suspect that at this point, most clients of Michael Cohen would advise him to find someone better.

Prosecutors challenged the letter, saying this is not a special case, adding that "Michael Cohen and President Trump made inflammatory public statements about this case", Gainer reported.

President Trump wants to go through documents seized from Michael Cohen's possession to determine what is confidential

The FBI has not yet signaled what law Cohen has broken but only that he is under investigation for his business activities.

He said the media pounced on his name because Cohen has been associated with hush money settlements, including one with porn star Stormy Daniels over an alleged affair with Trump in 2016. Records related to Cohen's taxi medallion business were also sought.

Cohen's attorneys wrote on Monday morning that although they would be willing to identify his clients to the "special master", some of the clients have asked not to be identified now.

"Fairness and justice - as well as the appearance of fairness and justice - require that, before they are turned over to the Investigative Team, the seized materials relating to the President must be reviewed by the only person who is truly motivated to ensure that the privilege is properly invoked and applied: the privilege-holder himself, the President", Hendon wrote.

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"Attorney Client privilege is now a thing of the past", he tweeted Sunday.

He complained that Cohen won't disclose the identity of one of them described as a "publicly prominent individual".

Cohen's lawyers, for their part, have asked to review the material for themselves, a proposal which the Manhattan prosecutors are fighting.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has scheduled a hearing in the case for Monday afternoon.

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A Monday court filing said Michael Cohen has had three clients over the past year. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

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

The Justice Department's practices are meant to protect a defendant's attorney-client privilege.

While the WSJ does not mention the facilitation of any Stormy Daniels- or Karen McDougal-style payout, it does quote Us Weekly sources who describe Cohen as "one of these NY characters" whose tirades upon learning of the O'Day story's looming publication were so "totally over-the-top threatening" that they merited the occasional speakerphone mute. It is unusual, but not unprecedented, for agents to search a lawyer's records, and there is a policy in place created to shield information covered by the attorney-client privilege. They cited the President's own comments.

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