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Judge puts Michael Cohen case firmly in prosecutors’ hands

August 21, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has formally ended the attorney-client privilege review of items seized from President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, leaving prosecutors to decide what’s next in their fraud probe.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Tuesday publicly filed an order that was signed Monday, ending attorney Michael Cohen’s effort to bar as privileged some items seized by the FBI in April raids on his dwellings.

The judge had appointed a special master to review 4 million items. She says she agrees with the special master 7,146 items are privileged, eight are partially privileged and 285 are highly personal.

She says Cohen, Trump or the Trump Organization wanted another 57 items designated privileged but agreed not to contest the special master’s findings.

Cohen’s then-lawyer called the use of search warrants “completely inappropriate.”

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