Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order Request by Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

Apr 17, 2018, 10:51
Judge Denies Temporary Restraining Order Request by Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

He said Cohen reached out to him after being contacted by Keith Davidson, an attorney representing the woman, and said he retained Trump's lawyer "after he informed me about his prior relationship with Mr. Davidson".

Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels will attend a court hearing in NY on Monday for U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Daniels' lawyer said on Sunday. The judge also said she would consider US prosecutors' plan to have a team of independent government lawyers review the materials.

Further downtown, however, Judge Kimba Wood was asking Cohen's attorney, Todd Harrison, the whereabouts of his client.

Judge Wood said she trusts prosecutors to review the material, but she would mull the idea of a separate review.

Late Sunday, lawyers for Trump asked for copies of the seized material to be turned over so the President could review them for confidential information.

Adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who is not party to the proceedings, chose to show up and call a press conference over an unrelated dispute she has with Mr Cohen.

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And with that came the most dramatic part of the hearing as Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, reluctantly revealed it was Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity. But Wood said at the Monday hearing that she had faith in the Manhattan federal prosecutors.

Cohen arranged for a payment of $130,000 to Daniels in what Avenatti said was in exchange for a nondisclosure agreement related to a sexual encounter with Trump before the 2016 election.

Gasps could be heard echoing throughout Wood's stately, large courtroom. "My attorney and I are committed to making sure that everyone finds out the truth and the facts of what happened, and I give my word we will not rest until that happens".

The traditional justification for attorney-client privilege is that the legal system operates more fairly when people are able to speak candidly with lawyers, said Jens David Ohlin, a professor of criminal law at Cornell Law School.

Of course, when President Trump's personal lawyer ended up outing Hannity as the client who wished to remain anonymous, it created an instant news frenzy for much of the political media.

"Michael Cohen has never represented me in any matter".

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And Trump's attorney, Joanna Hendon, said last week's Federal Bureau of Investigation searches were "an unprecedented raid and seizure of the personal attorney of a sitting president".

Failing that, they wanted the court to appoint an independent official known as a special master, a role typically filled by a lawyer, to go through the documents and electronic data seized under a warrant and decide what prosecutors can see.

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, laid into President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, saying the ongoing investigation will result in more bad news for the White House.

"It would not protect the public confidence in the administration of justice to give Mr Cohen and the president special treatment", said McKay, adding later: "Just because Mr Cohen has a powerful client does not mean he's entitled to special treatment".

"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 in court papers filed Sunday. "But we're going to let them sort that out".

When Wood questioned Cohen's attorneys as to the legal ground for withholding the individual's name, they said he had asked Cohen to do so over the weekend, and that Cohen had a responsibility toward his client. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

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