The Feds Are Piecing Together Shredded Documents Seized in Cohen Raid - And That's Bad News for Trump's Lawyer
If Michael Cohen bought his shredder on special discount, he's likely going to harbor deep regrets about not shelling out the extra $50 for an upgrade. At a Wednesday court hearing in New York, federal prosecutors requested more time from U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood as they piece together the shredded contents seized when the FBI executed a search warrant on the premises of Cohen, Donald Trump's longtime fixer and personal attorney. NBC writes:
Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood that they'd turned over most of the materials seized during the April 9 raids of Cohen's office and Park Avenue hotel room to Cohen's legal team, with the exception of two BlackBerry devices and the shredded documents.
Prosecutors explained, however, that they would need two to three more weeks to finish reconstructing what was in the shredder, and that they were still trying to access the BlackBerrys.
The hearing was a high-drama affair. Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti reportedly received a dressing down from the judge and he later withdrew his motion to intervene in the criminal proceedings in New York (remember: Daniels’ civil case in L.A. is a separate matter).
But Cohen's team also took a beating as they vied for more time to sift through materials for attorney-client privilege before turning them over. Judge Wood wasn't impressed by Cohen attorney Todd Harrison's appeal that they were moving "heaven and earth" to expeditiously review the material, with one of his associates developing a "tremor" from lack of sleep.