Joanna Hendon documented papers requesting that government judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized by the FBI in a raid until Michael Cohen and Trump had a chance to review those materials and argue which are subject to attorney-client privilege. Joanna Hendon is One of President Trump’s legal counselors.
US presidents legal team filed an eight-page letter with the court asking to see all the material seized from Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen by the FBI. The team is more concerned about what might be in Cohen’s files and even about the Mueller investigation.
Joanna Hendon wrote, “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.”
Trumps’ personal attorney expected to be on hand is adult-film star Stormy Daniels, to whom he paid $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet the details of an alleged sexual liaison she had with Trump. Michael Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan.
A federal judge in Manhattan indicated that she was not set up to give President Trump exclusive first access to documents seized in F.B.I. raids on the office of his personal lawyer. She was considering appointing an independent lawyer to assist in reviewing the seized materials.
President Trump furious about all this, most recently tweeting, “Attorney-Client privilege is now a thing of the past. I have many lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided with everything, including their phones and computers. All lawyers are deflated and concerned.”
At the hearing, Michael Cohen may come face-to-face with adult star Stormy Daniels. Additionally, the FBI is also looking into whether any fraud was committed in connection with Cohen’s ownership of taxi medallions.