Michael Cohen says he’s worried about client privacy after FBI raid
President Trump’s personal lawyer said he is worried about the confidentiality of roughly three clients since he branched off from the Trump Organization in 2017 — including the president and beleaguered RNC fundraiser Elliott Broidy.
Michael Cohen, who is under investigation by Manhattan federal prosecutors and the FBI, made the disclosures in a filing Monday morning as part of his bid to block the feds from reviewing documents that might be protected by attorney-client privilege.
On Friday, Broidy, a Trump fundraiser, stepped down from his Republican National Committee post after he admitted that Cohen arranged $1.6 million in hush money to a former Playboy model whom the donor had impregnated.
“It is unfortunate that this personal matter between two consenting adults is the subject of national discussion just because of Michael Cohen’s involvement,” Broidy said in a statement.
Cohen declined to name the third client, saying that person has requested his name not be made public.
In a later, corrected version of the same filing, Cohen’s lawyers said they don’t believe the unnamed client’s legal matters were subject to the government’s search warrants.
Cohen also complained that the feds seized “more than a dozen electronic devices and other items” in their raid on his office, home and hotel room last week that he says had nothing to do with the FBI’s search warrants.
The FBI “took everything,” his lawyers complained.
“Rather than continue less intrusive investigative means, the USAO took the extraordinary step of raiding several locations, including Mr. Cohen’s home, hotel room, and law office and took everything,” his lawyers said.
In order to protect his clients’ attorney-client privilege, Cohen has requested that either his lawyer be involved in the document review or that the court appoint a “special master” to review documents seized by the FBI.
“As the Court is surely aware, there is a growing public debate about whether criminal and congressional investigations by the government are being undertaken impartially, free of any political bias or partisan motivation,” his lawyer said in a filing Monday.
“It is in this climate that the Government executed an unprecedented search warrant — instead of using its less onerous subpoena power — upon the personal attorney of the President of the United States.”
Cohen is scheduled to appear in court at 2 p.m. Monday.