Little Off Limits So Far

News  |  Jun 4, 2018

The retired judge reviewing materials the FBI seized in its April 9th raid of Michael Cohen's office, home, and hotel room has decided so far only 162 items out of 300,000 should be off limits to prosecutors.


In a report to the court, Special Master Barbara Jones said Cohen's lawyers and Trump's lawyers had identified 17 items in an initial group of eight boxes that they believed to be privileged or partially privileged, out of 639 total. Of those 17, Jones agreed with them on 14 of them, and rejected the claim of privilege on the other three.

Among the contents of two phones and one iPad, Jones reports that Cohen's lawyers had flagged 156 items out of a total of more than 290,000 as either privileged, partially privileged, or highly personal. In this case, Jones agreed with the Trump Organization's and Cohen's attorneys.


This review represents only a fraction of the total documents seized in the April 9 raid of Cohen's office, home and hotel room, which included computer hard drives that are expected to contain hundreds of thousands more files.

Cohen Document Review So Far Yields Few Items Prosecutors Can’t See (Bloomberg Politics)

Special master in Michael Cohen case finds few privileged items in initial review of files (CNBC)