Offbeat Trump loses bid for total secrecy for Cohen probe documents

01:15  09 june  2018
01:15  09 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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a man wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York © REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York

A federal judge said U.S. President Donald Trump should publicly file his objections to findings of a court-appointed special master reviewing documents seized in a probe of the business dealings of his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

In an order issued on Friday, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan rejected efforts by Trump, the Trump Organization and Cohen to file their objections entirely under seal.

She agreed with the government that the filings should be public except as to portions that "divulge the substance of the contested documents."

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Cohen is reportedly being investigated in a probe related to bank fraud and campaign finance violations. "The purpose of this exception is to assure that the secrecy between lawyer and client does not extend to obtaining advice in furtherance of "It's a total witch hunt," Trump added.

Attorneys for Cohen had argued that the identity of the third should remain secret . Trump would later hire Sekulow as a personal lawyer with regard to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe .

Wood said she would decide later which portions could be sealed.

Joanna Hendon, a lawyer for Trump, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, did not immediately respond to similar requests.

The criminal probe into Cohen's business dealings stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russia to influence that year's U.S. presidential election.

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russia has denied interference. Cohen has not been criminally charged.

The special master, former federal judge Barbara Jones, is reviewing materials seized in April raids of Cohen's home, office and hotel room, to determine which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

On Monday, she said in a report that 162 files, out of more than 292,000 reviewed so far, were privileged or partially privileged, and seven were "highly personal."

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized, Cohen's lawyers have said. Jones is reviewing only those that lawyers for Trump, the Trump Organization and Cohen believe might be privileged.

The case is Cohen v U.S., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 18-mj-03161.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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