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Michael Cohen: Don’t Look At My Stuff, Raid Should Never Have Been Authorized

Trump’s Lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, is set to appear before a judge Friday in an effort to stop prosecutors from viewing files taken in a raid on his office and hotel room, according to the New York Times.

On Monday, the FBI seized files from Cohen’s home and office in connection with the investigation by Robert S. Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York carried out the raid after a referral from Mueller.

Shortly after the raid, Cohen filed a temporary restraining order to block the files from being reviewed. Federal Judge Kimba M. Wood of United States District Court will review the order today. In what will be the first public hearing on the matter, Cohen is expected to ask that the files not be reviewed because the federal judge who authorized the search should not have done so.

The files in question are mostly covered by attorney-client privilege, such as a hush money payment Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with President Trump. The seizure of files from attorneys is rare. To get a judge to sign off, prosecutors must demonstrate that materials are part of an ongoing crime or that it’s likely the lawyer will conceal or destroy evidence.

Contact Avichai Scher at scher@forward.com or on Twitter, @avi_scher

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