Investigators to review more than 1 million items seized from Cohen
Federal investigators will review more than 1 million items seized during the criminal probe into President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen, according to a new court filing obtained by the New York Post.
Barbara Jones is the special master appointed to review all of the documents seized from Cohen — including his communications with Trump — to determine if they contained confidential attorney-client privilege.
Jones has deemed more than 1 million “items” seized to not be “privileged or highly personal” after they were taken from three of Cohen’s phones, according to the Post on Wednesday.
That number does not include the nearly 300,000 items federal investigators already had turned over to them on May 23.
The 1 million items could be released to the federal agencies as early as Wednesday, Jones said in her court filing.
Jones also submitted her first invoice for the job, expecting to receive $47,390 for the first six days of work on the case, according to the Post.
The cost will likely be split between Cohen, Trump and Trump’s real estate company, the outlet reported.
Cohen is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York for a number of possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations.
The FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in April.
Some of the materials taken were related to the $130,000 payment Cohen made to Stormy Daniels, an adult-film star who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006.
Trump denies the affair, although he later acknowledged that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment.
Both men have said that the payment did not constitute an unreported donation to the Trump campaign.