Trump lawyer arrives in court for showdown over seized documents

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That was the revelation in a federal courtroom in New York Monday, where lawyers for the president, the Justice Department and Trump attorney Michael Cohen squared off in in a high-stakes clash over attorney-client privilege.

Prosecutors with the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan said they have a "filter team" of lawyers separate from those involved in the investigation in place to review the documents for any communications between Cohen and his clients.

The presidents' lawyers argue prosecutors shouldn't be able to use material seized from Cohen, Mr. Trump's personal attorney, until he and Cohen have determined what in that material should be excluded because of the attorney-client privilege.

Cohen was the one who paid Daniels for her silence in October 2016-11 days prior to Election Day that year.

Wood did not issue a ruling immediately but hearings are scheduled to continue on Monday. "It nearly goes without saying, unfortunately, that none of Mr. Cohen's clients want to be associated with the government raid on his home and law office, or want to be affiliated in any way with the proceedings here and the attendant media coverage". Prosecutors have defended the search in part by saying that the investigation has shown that Cohen does not do much legal work and does not appear to have many clients.

Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, said Sunday that his client will attend Monday's hearing.

It also emerged Cohen facilitated a $1.6 million payment to a former Playboy model who said she became pregnant from a relationship with Broidy, who was the deputy chair of the Republican National Committee until he resigned Friday when the payment became public. "I have may lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices and even homes, are going to be raided".

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Later in the letter, Cohen's attorneys argue that there should at least be a third party called a "special master" responsible for evaluating what is covered by attorney-client privilege.

On Sunday, the president shared affectionate comments about First Lady Melania Trump amid the scandal over claims by Daniels that they had an affair.

Federal officials raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's residences, office and safety deposit box, taking records and electronic devices including two cellphones.

Trump's attorneys said entrusting prosecutors investigating a case to protect the privilege of the person being investigated would be "unprecedented". The documents seized in the raid could very well include the conformation to the alleged $130,000 paid as "hush money" to adult actress Stormy Daniels for her affair with Trump in the final days of his presidential election campaign in 2016. "All lawyers are deflated and concerned!"

Cohen has been under investigation for months "for criminal conduct that largely centers on his personal business dealings", federal prosecutors revealed in court documents.

The federal prosecutors - operating out of Manhattan to investigate Cohen's business dealings and separately from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian collusion - have said they would use a different set of government lawyers to review the materials seized.

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