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President Trump Wants Materials Review Before Taint Team

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By Kenneth White

A filing by one of President Trump’s lawyers asks a Manhattan federal judge to block the review of materials discovered in raids on Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel suite, until Trump, Cohen, and their attorneys can go over the documents to remove “materials over which the president asserts privilege.” The process of reviewing materials obtained through a warrant includes creation of a “taint team” to ensure that primary investigators never see information that falls under attorney-client privilege, an action which occurred in this instance. 

Trump’s lawyer, Joanna Hendon, who filed for a restraining order on the raids last week, insisted late Sunday to Judge Kimba Wood that she desires to prohibit the taint team “from providing the Investigative Team with (a) any materials over which the President asserts a privilege without objection from the taint team, and (b) any materials that the Court rules are privileged over the taint team’s objection.”

The judge has ordered Michael Cohen to appear at a hearing on the filing in which he is expected to disclose numbers of clients and seized documents. Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen’s personal business activities, but have so far not charged him with any crime. 

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