Judge rejects Trump's bid to block access to Cohen materials

Cohen's lawyers requested both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction against the United States government.

Cohen appeared in the Manhattan court to ask a judge to limit the ability of federal prosecutors to review the documents seized from him last week, when federal investigators raided his office and home. Wood is already displeased with Cohen's conduct, expressing frustration with his decision not to even show up at court on Friday. Trump's letter also rejected another proposal that had been floated by Cohen: bringing in an independent special master to sort out the privileged documents.

In addition to documents and records, investigators also obtained a search warrant to seize Cohen's electronic devices and communications between Cohen and Trump.

It wasn't the only loss for Cohen and his lawyers during the court hearing Monday. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. "Their integrity is unimpeachable", she said. But she added that to address concerns about "fairness" raised by Trump and Cohen's attorneys, "a special master might have a role here. The legal community lives with the fact that privilege issues are determined by taint teams or special masters".

Wood dismissed Hendon's argument, saying it fell outside the scope of what was being debated in the case. He is one of three clients of Cohen's in the past year. "Everybody wants to see him, everybody wants his endorsement".

There was no dearth of noteworthy exchanges during Monday's hearing.

"It means that if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit", Cohen told ABC News.

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In a quip near the start of the proceedings, assistant U.S. attorney Tom McKay raised eyebrows when he remarked that Cohen "has more attorneys of his own than clients". Wood ordered the client revealed after a lawyer representing various media outlets argued embarrassment wasn't enough reason to keep the name secret.

The news elicited an audible gasp and scattered laughter from the courtroom, and those observing the hearing from overflow rooms erupted into laughter.

From 2017 to 2018, Cohen said he was back in private practice and had only 10 clients. From 1996 to 2006, Cohen said he worked in his own private legal practice, serving "hundreds of different clients".

The April 9 raid was carried out to collect information on various matters, including that $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had consensual sex with a married Trump more than a decade ago.

"It's not that you're bad people", Wood said.

The main point, McKay said, was that the opposing counsel would use a broad claim of privilege to "ask for an inch and take a mile". "It's that you've miscited the law at times".

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