Special master named to review documents in Michael Cohen case

Source: The Hill | April 26, 2018 | Lydia Wheeler

The federal judge overseeing the case against President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, on Thursday appointed a former federal judge to review the documents seized in a raid of his office and hotel room, according to multiple reports. 

Judge Kimba Wood of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York appointed Barbara Jones — who served a 16-year term on the Manhattan’s federal court and is now a partner at law firm Bracewell — to serve as the “special master” and decide which of Cohen’s materials are protected by attorney-client privilege and what can be reviewed by federal prosecutors, the The New York Post reported. 

The quick decision came after Wood received a letter Thursday morning from federal prosecutors in Manhattan withdrawing their objection to Cohen’s request for a special master.

Prosecutors had initially pushed for the use of a Justice Department “taint team” to perform the review, but cited new developments in changing their position.

In a five-page filing, Khzami cited recent comments by Trump and Fox News Host Sean Hannity —  two of the three clients Cohen identified in open court — in arguing that a special master could quickly review what’s privileged rather than waiting for Cohen’s attorneys to do an initial review.

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