Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in court Monday

President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits a hotel in New York City

Cohen's legal team argues that no federal prosecutors should be involved in evaluating which documents seized in last week's raids of his home and office are "privileged" (as the vernacular has it) - even prosecutors not working on Cohen's case, which is who would normally do such a review. The taint team would be allowed to object to any of the documents that the president claims privilege on. Prosecutors depend on the "clean team" to segregate evidence and divide that which might become part of a court case from that shielded by attorney-client privilege. "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". The prosecutors also said that they had already been secretly reading Cohen's emails.

A third Cohen client is Elliott Broidy, a prominent GOP fundraiser forced to resign from the Republican National Committee after using Cohen to arrange a $1.6 million payment to another Playboy model. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is himself a former US attorney, explained the concept in an interview on "Good Morning America" on ABC. There the legal and historical background to attorney-client privilege is factually explained.

Attorney Joanna Hendon made the request in a letter submitted late Sunday to federal Judge Kimba Wood in a Manhattan court.

"The president is very confident in the fact that he has done nothing wrong", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told ABC's "This Week" when asked whether Trump thought Cohen would make a plea agreement.

He is expected to make his first appearance at the hearing in U.S. District Court in NY, where his presence has been ordered by a judge considering a request on how to handle materials seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.

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Federal prosecutors have been probing Cohen's personal business dealings for months. Also expected to be on hand is adult-film star Stormy Daniels, whom Cohen secretly paid $130,000 in 2016 to keep quiet the details of an alleged sexual liaison she had with Trump.

Mr. Trump, who in the last month has escalated his attacks on Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, said it was a "disgrace" that the FBI "broke into" his lawyer's office.

The US president reacted furiously, blasting the raid as a "witch hunt" and "an attack on our country", effectively opposing his own Justice Department and siding with his 51-year-old personal lawyer.

Lawyers for Cohen said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

"It nearly goes without saying, unfortunately", Harrison wrote, "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". Cohen's lawyer is asking for the lawyers themselves to review the material or a "special master" to decide what is relevant to the case, and Hendon is concerned about a taint team or however the material is handled.

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