MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter on Monday night marveled at how little fanfare went into the FBI’s raid of Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan — and how much paperwork prosecutors had to file to make it happen.
Holding a four-page portion of the U.S. Attorney‘s manual, Winter drove home how difficult it is for the bureau to raid a lawyer while upholding attorney-client privilege.
Here's some of the US Attorney Manual's Guidance for searches of subject attorneys. Note that even subpoenaing an attorney's client files, much less executing a search warrant, requires the Criminal Division AAG's approval. https://t.co/0VitdKeh6o pic.twitter.com/vudk5116yO
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“They’ve got to get all sorts of approval, all sorts of sign-offs, to be able to do this,” Winter said before elaborating on the sensitive handling of the information following its seizure.
The reporter went on to describe the creation of an “entirely separate team” tasked with analyzing the information. When and if the seized information is introduced as evidence, he said, the people on the team “can’t be aware of any communications that occurred as it related to attorney-client privilege.”
Watch below, via MSNBC: