Judge Oks small number of privileged items in Cohen case

June 22, 2018 - 6:55 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge says the tiny portion of materials seized from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney that were kept from prosecutors mainly pertain to the attorney's communications with other lawyers.

Judge Kimba Wood made the disclosure in an order issued Friday in a legal quest by New York attorney Michael Cohen to shield from criminal prosecutors some materials seized from him in April.

Prosecutors have said they are scrutinizing his personal business dealings. He has not been charged.

Wood gave her approval to the designation of 161 items as subject to attorney-client privilege out of over 300,000 items found on phones and eight boxes of materials seized from Cohen's residence and office.

The judge said she expects lawyers for Cohen and Trump to finish their work by July.

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