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Special Master in Michael Cohen case finds 162 privileged docs in first batch seized by feds

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 9:30pm 6/5/2018 at 9:30pm
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The Special Master appointed by the federal court to review claims of privilege in documents seized by the feds from Michael Cohen has issued her first set of recommendations (pdf.).

The Special Master agreed with Cohen and/or intervenor Trump that 162 documents were privileged, and another 10 “Highly Personal”:

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Stormy lawyer Michael Avenatti withdraws request to appear in Michael Cohen case

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/30/2018 at 3:00pm
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Things are coming together in the Michael Cohen search warrant case.

As you will recall, Cohen sued to protect potentially privilege records seized from his law office and home. The Court appointed a Special Master to review the records and report to the Court.

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Court denies protective order as to Michael Cohen 2013 communications re Eric Schneiderman accusers

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00pm 5/25/2018 at 5:00pm
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The Michael Cohen court drama continues.

We previously wrote about a motion for a protective order filed by attorney Peter Gleason seeking a protective order as to records seized from Michael Cohen that pertained to certain accusers against former NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Court Filing: Trump and Michael Cohen were aware of...

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Michael Avenatti to court: Michael Cohen “has presented no evidence” that I received or distributed SAR info

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30pm 5/19/2018 at 7:30pm
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Michael Avenatti has been described by the NY Times at the “ringmaster” in the Michael Cohen circus.

The fight going on in the SDNY over Avenatti’s request for permission to appear in the case certainly is turning into a circus, with the Judge likely to stop the show early next week.

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Stormy Daniels court filing: Michael Cohen trying “to soil Mr. Avenatti” (Updated)

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/16/2018 at 3:00pm
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We reported previously on the court filing by Michael Cohen’s attorneys objecting to Michael Avenatti appearing in the case for Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels).

Avenatti is required to submit an application for admission pro hac vice, meaning he seeks admission for the purpose of the case since he is not otherwise...

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Court Filing: Trump and Michael Cohen were aware of Schneiderman alleged assaults in 2013

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 11, 2018 at 1:09pm 5/11/2018 at 1:09pm
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When the New Yorker reported that Eric Schneiderman was alleged to have assaulted four women, everyone including us expressed amazement about a 2013 tweet by Donald Trump:

Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone – next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, w...

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Michael Cohen lawyers ask court to require Michael Avenatti to reveal source of bank records (Updated)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 3:00pm 5/10/2018 at 3:00pm
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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, is a fixture on CNN and also appears to be weaponized by someone to fight battles against Trump on a broader scale with the Stormy Daniels dispute the excuse, not the reason, Avenatti is involved.

Most notably, Avenatti recently published what appear, at least in...

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MSNBC Corrects Story That Claimed the Federal Government Wiretapped Trump Attorney Michael Cohen

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm 5/3/2018 at 7:00pm
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Earlier today, MSNBC published a story with a headline that read “Feds tapped Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s phones.”

That headline was wrong. Cohen’s phones weren’t tapped.

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Court appoints Special Master to screen Michael Cohen files seized by Feds

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:00pm 4/27/2018 at 5:00pm
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Judge Kimba Wood has resolved the issue of how files seized from Michael Cohen, which included at least some files related to his (limited) law practice, would be handled. Those records were seized by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York as part of a...

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Fusion GPS co-founders signal next phase in attempted Trump takedown has started

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 9:00pm 4/22/2018 at 9:00pm
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What is known about the Fusion GPS role in stoking and implementing an attempted takedown of candidate and ultimately president Trump is one of the greatest political scandals in memory. But it’s a story that only partially has been told.

We now know that Russian-Collusion-mania had as its source-fuel Fusion GPS opposition...

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“Why should [prosecutors] get to read Sean Hannity’s communications with Michael Cohen?”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 7:00pm 4/18/2018 at 7:00pm
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The court proceedings regarding the seizure of materials from the law office of Michael Cohen ended yesterday without a formal ruling on the substance of how the case will proceed as to review of seized materials. The issue is whether a so-called “taint team” from DOJ/FBI will review the rec...

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Sean Hannity, Michael Cohen Connection Almost Breaks the Internet…But is it a Nothingburger?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00pm 4/16/2018 at 7:00pm
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Oh boy. I admit my jaw dropped when I saw that Fox News host Sean Hannity is the third client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s attorney,

Social media erupted and Twitter-lawyers came out in full force to spin the narrative to their liking. After all, Cohen appeared on Hannity’s show a...

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Michael Cohen court hearing: Judge considers Special Master to review seized evidence, Sean Hannity revealed as Cohen client

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 16, 2018 at 12:30pm 4/16/2018 at 12:30pm
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The federal court in the Southern District of New York is continuing today the hearing on the objections of Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen regarding records seized from his law office and home. For the background and court pleadings, please see the prior post, 

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Trump court filing in Michael Cohen case: Objects to DOJ/FBI “taint team” deciding what is attorney-client privileged

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 9:40pm 4/15/2018 at 9:40pm
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On Monday, April 16, 2018, the court in the Southern District of New York will continue its hearing on the motion by Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen for return of records seized from his law office and home. In the alternative, Cohen seeks severe restrictions on the government’s ability to...

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Trump attorney Michael Cohen goes to Court to get back seized records

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:00pm 4/13/2018 at 3:00pm
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Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen has filed in federal court in the Southern District of New York for a Temporary Restraining Order regarding the records and evidence seized by the government when it executed a search warrant on Cohen’s offices and homes on April 9, 2018.

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Were Trump’s Alleged Hush Money Payoffs In-Kind Campaign Contributions?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 5:00pm 4/12/2018 at 5:00pm
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Yesterday, I blogged about a NYT report claiming the FBI searched Michael Cohen’s office (Trump’s longtime attorney) in search of information connected to Trump’s alleged relationship with porn star Stormy Daniel.

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The pretense is over that the Mueller investigation is still about Russian campaign collusion

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 9:15pm 4/11/2018 at 9:15pm
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There isn’t much of a pretense anymore that the Mueller investigation is about alleged Russian campaign collusion.

Maybe it started out about collusion, but it veered off course within a couple of months, when Mueller decided that Paul Manafort needed to be investigated for conduct many years ago having nothing to do...

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