Former federal judge appointed to sift through Cohen raid evidence

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Lawyers for President Donald Trump will be back in court Thursday as part of his attempt to limit investigators’ access to records the FBI seized from his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. | AP file photo

NEW YORK — A New York federal judge says she is appointing a former Manhattan federal judge to help determine which materials seized in raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump’s private attorney are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Judge Kimba Wood said at a hearing Thursday that Barbara Jones has the right amount of experience to handle the study of materials seized in the April 9 raids that targeted attorney Michael Cohen.

Jones was a federal judge in New York for 17 years before leaving for private practice five years ago.

The judge noted that the government and Cohen’s lawyers agreed that a so-called “special master” was the best way to determine which materials should be off-limits to federal investigators.

Prosecutors have said the raids resulted from an investigation into possible fraud.

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