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Judge directs Cohen team and prosecutors to ‘be prepared’ for a special watchdog to handle FBI-seized files

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A judge overseeing the Michael Cohen trial is considering appointing a special watchdog to review files obtained by the FBI, reports CNBC.

Michael Cohen is currently under criminal investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. He is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

On April 9th, the FBI raided his hotel and home office in Manhattan. During the raid the FBI found sensitive materials such as statements and receipts, and even came across a document that details more information about a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood directed Cohen’s team and prosecutors to “be prepared” to discuss a watchdog “should one be appointed.” Wood went on to say that the purpose of the watchdog would ensure that no one violates attorney-client privileges.

The files have not been reviewed because both parties have not agreed on how the files should be handled.

Cohen’s team wants to have a filter team review the material. They wished to have the files reviewed first before sending them to prosecutors. Last week Judge Wood denied their request.

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The judge told Cohen that his team has until late Wednesday to decide and come up with the resources for how “to produce such materials to a Special Master.” She also wants them to make a decision on how to handle the “production of non-privileged materials.”

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Melania Trump ripped for bragging about helping children while her husband runs concentration camps for kids

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Melania Trump was ripped on Monday for pushing her signature "Be Best" campaign against bullying while her husband, President Donald Trump, runs concentration camps for children along the southern border.

"Looking forward to collaborating with all of our #BeBest Ambassadors. Delighted to be working alongside so many people both inside and outside of government to better the lives of children everywhere!" Melania Trump tweeted Monday.

The response was some of the harshest since she wore an "I Don't Care" jacked to visit the border.

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Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children

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Donald Trump on the US-Mexico Border

On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.

About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.

But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.

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Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon

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When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.

And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.

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