President Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, has been denied a request that his attorney-client privilege is protected by the courts. Federal Judge Kimba Wood ruled against Cohen and seemed content to let the FBI run amok with all the seized documents. Now the American Civil Liberties Union has awakened and recommended that a neutral party be in charge of the documents. And that is not all.
As Written and Reported By Kelly Cohen for the Washington Examiner:
A lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union sided with President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen on Tuesday, saying a judge should allow a neutral party to review the documents the FBI seized from Cohen’s office.
ACLU lawyer Brett Max Kaufman agreed with Cohen’s lawyers in a blog post that it makes no sense for the government itself to decide which files it can keep and use in an attempt to prosecute Cohen and which files it should ignore.
“Such files should be reviewed in the first instance by a neutral party, or ‘special master,’ appointed by and answerable to the court, to ensure that the prosecutors and investigators get the evidence they are authorized to look for,” Kaufman wrote. “They should not be allowed to roam widely through digital files that may contain terabytes of private information.”
“A special master — or, perhaps, a magistrate judge — appointed by a neutral district court judge would ensure that an independent party plays the role of filter, and that the actual search is strictly limited by the bounds of the warrant,” he added.
The ACLU blog post came out a day after Harvard law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz accused the ACLU of being a “hard-left” organization that was choosing not to defend Trump even though it would normally defend someone in ….
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