The Wall Street Journal: Trump’s lawyers ask to review Cohen evidence before feds

April 16
09:52 2018

Lawyers for President Donald Trump say they should be allowed to review the evidence seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week from Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen before government investigators begin their own, according to a court filing late Sunday.

The filing asks a Manhattan federal judge to stop the government from using a “taint team” of prosecutors to review the evidence for documents protected by attorney-client privilege and to issue an order allowing Cohen, Trump and their legal teams to comb through it first for “materials over which the President asserts privilege.”

After Trump identifies which communications he believes are privileged, the government taint team can make objections, the filing said, and the court can make the final determination about which materials investigators are allowed to see.

The government is expected to respond to the filing Monday morning.

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