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Judge: Put seized Trump attorney documents into database

NEW YORK (AP) - A judge considering how to handle records seized in an FBI raid on President Donald Trump's personal attorney wrapped up a hearing into the matter Monday without making a final decision.
    
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood says she trusts prosecutors to review the materials, but may allow a neutral third party to weigh in as well.
    
Lawyers for Trump attorney Michael Cohen had asked for the appointment of a so-called special master to review the material and make sure nothing protected by attorney-client privilege winds up in the hands of investigators.
    

Wood said she would consider the idea.
    
As a first step, she told prosecutors to put all the seized documents into a searchable database and share it with Cohen's lawyers.
    
The hearing followed a raid last week on Cohen's home and office.
    
The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had sex with Trump in 2006.
    
Sean Hannity one of Cohen's clients
    
Fox News host Sean Hannity says it's no "big deal" that he consulted with Donald Trump's personal lawyer about his own legal affairs.
    
In his regular broadcast Monday, Hannity says he had "brief discussions" with Michael Cohen about "legal questions where I wanted his input and perspective."
    
But he said he never retained Cohen "in any traditional sense," never paid him and never got billed for a legal fee.
    
Cohen's lawyers were required by a federal judge in New York to disclose the names of his clients Monday as part of an argument over attorney-client privilege and how it applies to records seized from Cohen last week by the FBI.
    
Prosecutors say they are investigating Cohen's personal business dealings.
    
The search sought information on a variety of matters, including a $130,000 payment Cohen made to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump in 2006.


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