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Report: Special Master Rules 7,146 Cohen Docs Privileged

Report: Special Master Rules 7,146 Cohen Docs Privileged
Former attorney for President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen (Mary Atlaffer/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 16 August 2018 08:37 PM

A court-appointed official who reviewed over 1 million documents and materials seized from President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen determined more than 7,000 are privileged, The Hill reported.

The final report by Special Master Barbara Jones was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jones tweeted she determined 7,146 items are protected by attorney-client privilege, while 285 are "highly personal" and eight are "partially privileged."

There is some overlap among the categories, she noted, The Hill reported.

Jones said the government has not been able to crack Cohen's Blackberry yet, but recommended its contents be reviewed if decrypted, the news outlet reported.

The material was seized in the FBI's April raid of Cohen's home, office and hotel room. Jones was appointed in April to review the items to determine which materials are protected by attorney-client privilege. Cohen's legal team initially argued more than 12,000 of the seized documents should be protected, The Hill reported.

Cohen is under investigation for alleged bank and tax fraud, as well as campaign finance violations.

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Among over 1 million documents and materials seized from President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen are more than 7,000 determined to be protected by attorney-client privilege.
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