Trump offers to personally review documents in Cohen case: report

Trump offers to personally review documents in Cohen case: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE offered to personally review documents seized in an FBI raid of the office and home of his personal attorney, according to a court document filed Wednesday. 

ABC News reported that Trump’s attorneys told Judge Kimba Wood that the president would be willing to review, as needed, documents taken from the home, office and hotel room of Michael Cohen earlier this month, and check them for privileged information. 

The court filing is the latest in a series of attempts by Trump and Cohen to prevent federal prosecutors from looking over documents that might contain information that falls under attorney-client privilege.

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Trump’s lawyers previously asked Wood to block federal prosecutors from reviewing the documents, arguing the Department of Justice could not fairly evaluate the materials.

Federal agents reportedly seized bank records, communications between Cohen and Trump and documents related to payments to two women who alleged they had an affair with the president more than a decade ago.

Attorneys for Cohen and Trump have since pushed for the appointment of a so-called special master, a neutral third party who would decide what materials are covered by attorney–client privilege and cannot be given to prosecutors.

Wood has yet to issue a final decision on whether she will appoint a special master, or leave document review to what is called a taint team of federal prosecutors and agents.