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Please forward this error screen to 192. Your browser does not support the audio element. At issue is exactly who gets to look at Michael Out of all the lies’s seized documents and devices before they are turned over to prosecutors.

Attorneys for Cohen say they want first crack. Trump’s lawyers say they also want some form of prior review. Prosecutors, who say they raided Cohen’s office and hotel room last week as part of an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings, prefer the ordinary procedure of reviewing the documents with a panel of prosecutors unrelated to the investigation – a so-called “taint team. At stake is an investigation that could get at the heart of Trump’s longtime fixer and image protector. Lawyers for Cohen filed papers Monday saying investigators “took everything” during raids last week, including more than a dozen electronic devices. They said that prosecutors had already intercepted emails from Cohen and executed the search warrants only after discovering that there were no emails between Trump and Cohen. One of Trump’s lawyers, Joanna Hendon, filed papers late Sunday asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized in the raid until Cohen and the president have both had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

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. Hendon proposed yet another level of protections, in which Cohen’s lawyers, after finishing their initial review, would then be required to “identify to the president all seized materials that relate to him in any way and provide a copy of those materials to him and his counsel. She and Cohen’s lawyers are due in court Monday afternoon. Daniels’ lawyer says she’ll be there, too. Cohen, who has denied wrongdoing, arrived early Monday afternoon. He did not attend Friday’s hearing and was then ordered by the judge to appear in court Monday to help answer questions about his law practice.