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Conservative mouthpiece Sean Hannity got an earful on his show Monday night from Harvard law Prof. Alan Dershowitz for hiding his relationship with Trumps beleaguered lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Cohen, who was in Manhattan Federal Court in the afternoon, trying to prevent federal investigators from looking through 10 boxes of records seized from his apartment, hotel room and office last week, confessed to the court that the Republican TV talk show host was a client.

Previously, Cohen had only admitted to having two other clients.

The first and foremost President Trump, who allegedly used him to pay hush money to playmates and porn stars. The other client, Republican venture capitalist Elliot Broidy, who used him to pay $1.6 million to a Playboy playmate he impregnated.

Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen’s mystery third client

Speculation swirled all day about what kind of work Cohen did for Hannity.

The former O.J. Simpson lawyer scolded the TV pundit for creating the cloud of speculation by not disclosing his relationship with Cohen before.

First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show, Dershowitz said. You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever. But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship.

Hannity bristled at the admonishment, dismissing the relationship as minimal.

You are in a tough position, Dershowitz continued. You had to talk about Cohen and you didn’t want the fact that you had spoken to him to be revealed.

Hannity teased viewers about how he used Cohens legal services for the remainder of the show, finally providing an explanation in the last five minutes.

Let me set the record straight, Hannity said. Here’s the truth. Michael Cohen never represented me represented me in any legal manner. I never retained his services. I never received an invoice. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen. He is a great attorney, about legal questions I had. Or I was looking for input and perspective. My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions. To be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter with a third party.

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Alan Dershowitz: We need a new law to protect lawyer …

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Hill.

The raid on President Trumps lawyer dramatically demonstrates the need for new legislation to assure that no FBI agents or U.S. attorneys ever get to read privileged communications between a lawyer and a client, a doctor and patient, a priest and penitent, or a husband and wife. Under current law, confidential material is read or listened to by a taint team comprised of FBI agents and prosecutors. The taint team then sends over to prosecutors all non-privileged material. But a number of FBI agents and prosecutors have already read and listened to the privileged material. They must be trusted not to leak it or misuse it in any way. Even if they dont, the very fact that government agents have been given access to the most confidential and sacred materials should trouble every American.

There may be no perfect solution to this dilemma. Because the government does have the right to seize material that is not privileged, and such material may be comingled with privileged material.

There is a better and safer way to deal with this issue than the current approach of using prosecutors and FBI agents to do the sifting. A law should be enacted under which anytime the government is seeking to search an office or home that may contain confidential and privileged information, the search team must be accompanied by a judicial officer a judge, a magistrate or someone appointed to fulfill that function.

That judicial officer should be the only one ever to read material that is eventually deemed to be confidential. A judge can be trusted not to leak far better than FBI agents or prosecutors. And if a judge were to leak, it would be easy to identify the source of the unlawful disclosure, since the single judge would be the only one to have access to the confidential material.

This procedure might be somewhat more cumbersome and expensive than the current “taint team” approach, but it would provide much better safeguards to the fundamental rights that we as Americans possess. The taint team could be retained in the context for which it was originally developed: to prevent potential violations of the Fifth Amendment by the use of immunized self-criminating testimony. Taint teams should never be used in the context of the Fourth or Sixth Amendment, because the privacy and confidentiality at stake there is very different than those at stake under the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment merely prohibits the use of illegally obtained self-incriminatory information at the defendants criminal trial. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unlawful intrusions into the privacy of any American, and the Sixth Amendment implicitly prohibits violations of the lawyer/client privilege. Such violations occur the moment private or confidential information is viewed by government agents, regardless whether it is ultimately used in a criminal trial.

When I proposed this new law on CNN, Jeffrey Toobin responded that lawyers, doctors, penitents and spouses are not above the law, and if there is probable cause to believe they may have committed a crime, it should be permissible to search their records without the direct supervision of a judge. But with due respect to my former student, that answer misses the point. The focus of my proposed law is not on the privacy rights of guilty lawyers, doctors, priests and spouses. Its focus is on the privacy and confidentiality rights of their innocent clients, patients, penitents and spouses. The proposed law is intended to protect the rights of these innocent bystanders. The legitimate confidentiality right of innocent people must be given priority over any inconvenience that might be caused by requiring a judge to be the one to filter out protected communications.

My proposed law would not prevent the government from seizing incriminating evidence from guilty lawyers, doctors, penitents or spouses, so long as the evidence was not covered by a legitimate privilege. It would put prosecutors in the same position they are in today: they would not be able to use information that was ultimately deemed to be privileged. But it would protect the innocent clients, patients, penitents, and spouses from having their private and confidential information reviewed by FBI agents and prosecutors who might well leak the information or misuse it in other ways.

Congress should seriously consider enacting such a law, not to help Donald Trump, but to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans whose private and confidential communications are now reviewed by taint teams comprised of FBI agents and prosecutors. All Americans should support this reasonable protection.

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The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] has “sunk to a new low,” becoming a “cheerleader” for the violation of civil liberties of political opponents, evidenced in the FBI raid earlier this week to obtain documents from President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, said former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

In an opinion piece in the Washington Examiner on Saturday, Dershowitz blasted the raid, saying it could open the door to precedent in seizing records protected by attorney-client privilege, even though the move was a violation to the Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

“Since the election of President Trump, [the ACLU] has sunk to a new low, becoming a cheerleader for the violation of the civil liberties of those on the other side of the political spectrum,” Dershowitz wrote.

“The ACLU does not discuss the violations of the Fourth and Sixth Amendments that occur as soon as government agents read communications that were supposed to be protected by the Fourth and Sixth Amendments,” he continued.

FBI agents raided Cohen’s home and law office on Monday, reportedly seeking documents related to efforts by Trump and Cohen to prevent the release of a “Hollywood Access” tape during the 2016 presidential campaign, where years before the president made vulgar comments about women.

Agents also seized information related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Trump slammed the move as a “disgrace,” declaring on Twitter that “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

Dershowitz, who said he previously served on the ACLU board “with pride,” said the organization had become a “left-wing, agenda-driven lobby group” that ignored “the civil liberties of Americans with whom it disagrees.”

Dershowitz explained that while investigators could only turn over information to prosecutors that was not protected by attorney-client privilege, government agents will nevertheless have “read communications that are privileged.”

“Imagine that the search was of your lawyer’s office, or your doctor’s office, or your spouse’s computer, or the rectory of your priest. And imagine that government agents got to read the most intimate privileged communications between you, your lawyer, your doctor, your spouse or your priest.

“Would it be enough that the government (and the ACLU) told you that the information wouldn’t be used in a criminal case against you? Would you believe that your civil liberties had been violated as soon as government agents read this material?

“Would you trust government agents not to leak embarrassing information about your conversations, especially if you were a controversial public figure?” Dershowitz asked.

This issue, Dershowitz maintains, the ACLU “does not address,” and notes that nearly every contributor to the ACLU voted against Trump.

In supporting the ACLU raid, Dershowitz stated the ACLU “has abandoned its role as a neutral defender of civil liberties” and he called for another organization to step forward to represent a “neutral civil liberties organization.”

“The hyper-partisan nature of American life, reflected by the ACLU’s decision to justify potential intrusions into Trump’s Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights, makes it necessary for someone to take over the traditional role of the ACLU. I hope others, both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, will join me in protecting the civil liberties of all Americans,” Dershowitz concluded.

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Alan Dershowitz: Why the FBI raid on Trump’s lawyer hurts …

Editor’s note:A version of this op-ed was first published by the Gatestone Institute.

Many TV pundits are telling viewers not to worry about the governments intrusion into possible lawyer-client privileged communications between President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen.

The pundits say that since prosecutors wont get to see or use any privileged material taken when FBI agents raided and searched Cohens law office, home and hotel room Monday the intrusion will not be a problem. This is because prosecutors and FBI agents create firewalls and taint teams to preclude privileged information from being used against the client in a criminal case.

But this analysis completely misses the point and ignores the distinction between the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution on the one hand, and the Fourth and Sixth Amendments on the other.

The Fifth Amendment is an exclusionary rule. By its terms, it prevents material obtained in violation of the privilege of self-incrimination from being used to incriminate a defendant that is, to convict him or her of a crime.

But the Fourth and Sixth Amendments provide far broader protections: they prohibit government officials from in any way intruding on the privacy of lawyer-client confidential rights of citizens.

In other words, if the government improperly seizes private or privileged material, the violation has already occurred, even if the government never uses the material from the person from whom it was seized.

Not surprisingly, therefore, firewalls and taint teams were developed in the context of the Fifth Amendment, not the Fourth or Sixth Amendments. Remember who comprises the firewall and taint teams: other FBI agents, prosecutors and government officials, who have no right under the Fourth and Sixth Amendments even to see private or confidential materials, regardless of whether it is ever used against a defendant.

The very fact that this material is seen or read by a government official constitutes a core violation. It would be the same if the government surreptitiously recorded a confession of a penitent to a priest, or a description of symptoms by a patient to a doctor, or a discussion between a husband and wife of their sex life.

The government simply has no right to this material, whether it ever uses it against the penitent, the patient, or the spouse in a criminal case.

So lets not dismiss the potential violation of the rights of Michael Cohen and President Trump, if it turns out that included among the materials seized by the government in the raid were private or confidential information or documents.

The recourses for intrusions on the Fourth and Sixth Amendments are multifold: the victim of an intrusion can sue for damages; he or she can exclude the material from use by the government in criminal or civil cases; or the victim can demand the material back. But none of these remedies undo the harm to privacy and confidentiality done to the citizen by the governments intrusion into his private and confidential affairs.

An equally important harm is to important relationships that are protected by the law: between lawyer and client, priest and penitent, doctor and patient, husband and wife, etc.

If the ordinary citizen sees that even the presidents confidential communications with his lawyer can be seized and perused, he or she will be far less willing to engage in such communications. As a society we value such communications; that is why our laws protect them and that is why it should be extremely difficult for the government to intrude upon them, except as a last recourse in extremely important cases.

From what we know, this case does not meet those stringent standards. Much of the material sought from Cohen by the warrant could probably be obtained through other sources, such as bank, tax and other records that are subject to subpoena.

Moreover, the alleged crimes at issue highly technical violations of banking and election laws would not seem to warrant the extreme measure of a highly publicized search and seizure of records that may well include some that are subject to the lawyer-client privilege.

Someday soon, government is going to have to justify its decision to conduct this raid. I challenge any reader who is not concerned about the raid to honestly answer the following question: If the raid had been conducted on Hillary Clintons lawyers office and home, would you be as unconcerned? The truth now!

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Legal icon Alan Dershowitz said the American Civil Liberties Unions reaction to FBI raids on President Trumps personal attorney would be very different if the situation applied to Hillary Clinton.

The ACLUs Twitter feed was mum on this week regarding the FBIs decision to raid the office and home of attorney Michael Cohen.

Mr. Dershowitz noted the deafening silence during a Fox News appearance before comparing special counsel Robert Muellers Russian investigation to the FBIs work on Mrs. Clintons infamous email server.

This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations, the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told Foxs Sean Hannity on Monday evening. I deal with clients all the time. I tell them on my word of honor that what you tell me is sacrosanct. And now they say just based on probable cause even though there was cooperation with Cohen, they can burst into the office, grab all the computers and then give it to another FBI agent and say you are the firewall. We want you now to read all these confidential communications. Tell us which ones we can get and which ones we cant get.

You know, if this were the shoe on the other foot if this were Hillary Clinton being investigated and they went into her lawyers office the ACLU would be on every television station in America jumping up and down, he continued. The deafening silence of the ACLU and civil libertarians about the intrusion into the lawyer-client confidentiality is really appalling.

For his part, Mr. Dershowitz has publicly warned against overreaching independent counsels since at least as far back as his 1982 book The Best Defense.

A number of Mrs. Clintons top aides, including Cheryl Mills, reached immunity deals with the Justice Department as agents investigated the former secretary of states handing of government documents.

The ACLUs official Twitter account said nothing in its own voice Tuesday. However, it did retweet the individual account of David Cole, its national legal director, in which he responded to Mr. Trumps claim that attorney-client privilege is dead.

Theres a crime-fraud exception to the privilege, Mr. President, Mr. Cole wrote Tuesday. Cant abuse privilege to commit crime.

We dont know all the reasons and circumstances for the FBI search of Cohens office and home, Mr. Cole added in a blog post. News reports suggest that the focus is on Cohens payments to two women, adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to suppress their stories of affairs with Donald Trump, and that these payments may have been illegal. But what is clear is that prosecutors had to overcome high hurdles to obtain the search warrant. That the warrant was issued is not a sign that the attorney-client privilege is dead. It is, on the contrary, a sign that the rule of law is alive.

Mr. Dershowitz told Fox that from his perspective, the raids are indicative of overzealous prosecutors who are obsessed with bringing down their target the president.

If I were the president, I would at least seriously consider going to court tomorrow, seeking to have a judge get a hold of all the lawyer-client material, take it away from the prosecutor, take it away from the FBI. Dont let an FBI agent look at any of them, the lawyer said. Have the judge go through it and have the judge make a determination as to whether there is anything in there that is lawyer-client privilege.

Sources told The New York Times on Tuesday that agents are looking for information regarding a nondisclosure agreement with Stormy Daniels, the porn star who received a $130,000 payment from Mr. Cohen prior to the 2016 election.

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WASHINGTON (JTA) Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional lawyer, is dining with President Donald Trump as the president faces new risk in a federal probe into his campaign.

Dershowitz has been at the White House for part of today as Trump seeks his input, and hes supposed to have dinner with the president tonight, per White House sources, New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter.

Trump was outraged Monday after federal agents raided the properties of his personal lawyer and longtime adviser, Michael Cohen, who allegedly arranged payments to silence women accusing Trump of extramarital liaisons.

Dershowitz, a Democrat, has said repeatedly in televised appearances that Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Trump, has overreached, and that the special counsel institution is inherently problematic and prone to abuse. He has said he would have made the same claims about an investigation into a Democratic president.

Trump, who reportedly has had trouble keeping lawyers because he tends not to listen to their advice, in recent months has hired personalities whose television appearances have impressed him.

Dershowitz is a prominent defender of Israel and has said he has consulted with Trump on his Israel policy.

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Harvard Prof. Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, perhaps America’s leading civil libertarian and constitutional scholar, sounds the alarm Monday after The New York Times and other outlets reported federal prosecutors in Manhattan had executed a search warrant on the offices of Donald Trump’s longtime personal legal counsel, Michael D. Cohen.

Dershowitz said he was unable to come up with a ready precedent for federal authorities raiding the offices of an attorney representing someone involved in a special counsel investigation. The Times reports thatthe FBI conducteda raid at Cohen’s Rockefeller Center office. The FBI’s haul from the office included: hard drives, business and tax records, emails, and at least one phone, according to published reports. Some correspondence between Trump and Cohen was also confiscated, according to the Times.

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Conservative mouthpiece Sean Hannity got an earful on his show Monday night from Harvard law Prof. Alan Dershowitz for hiding his relationship with Trumps beleaguered lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen, who was in Manhattan Federal Court in the afternoon, trying to prevent federal investigators from looking through 10 boxes of records seized from his apartment, hotel room and office last week, confessed to the court that the Republican TV talk show host was a client. Previously, Cohen had only admitted to having two other clients. The first and foremost President Trump, who allegedly used him to pay hush money to playmates and porn stars. The other client, Republican venture capitalist Elliot Broidy, who used him to pay $1.6 million to a Playboy playmate he impregnated. Sean Hannity revealed as Michael Cohen’s mystery third client Speculation swirled all day about what kind of work Cohen did for Hannity. The former O.J. Simpson lawyer scolded the TV pundit for creating the cloud of speculation by not disclosing his relationship with Cohen before. First of all, Sean, I want to say that I really think that you should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen when you talked about him on this show, Dershowitz said. You could have said that you had asked him for advice or whatever. But I think it would have been much, much better had you disclosed that relationship. Hannity bristled at the admonishment, dismissing the relationship as minimal. You are in a tough position, Dershowitz continued. You had to talk about Cohen and you didn’t want the fact that you had spoken to him to be revealed. Hannity teased viewers about how he used Cohens legal services for the remainder of the show, finally providing an explanation in the last five minutes. Let me set the record straight, Hannity said. Here’s the truth. Michael Cohen never represented me represented me in any legal manner. I never retained his services. I never received an invoice. I never paid Michael Cohen for legal fees. I did have occasional brief conversations with Michael Cohen. He is a great attorney, about legal questions I had. Or I was looking for input and perspective. My discussions with Michael Cohen never rose to any level that I needed to tell anyone that I was asking him questions. To be absolutely clear, they never involved any matter with a third party.

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in The Hill. The raid on President Trumps lawyer dramatically demonstrates the need for new legislation to assure that no FBI agents or U.S. attorneys ever get to read privileged communications between a lawyer and a client, a doctor and patient, a priest and penitent, or a husband and wife. Under current law, confidential material is read or listened to by a taint team comprised of FBI agents and prosecutors. The taint team then sends over to prosecutors all non-privileged material. But a number of FBI agents and prosecutors have already read and listened to the privileged material. They must be trusted not to leak it or misuse it in any way. Even if they dont, the very fact that government agents have been given access to the most confidential and sacred materials should trouble every American. There may be no perfect solution to this dilemma. Because the government does have the right to seize material that is not privileged, and such material may be comingled with privileged material. There is a better and safer way to deal with this issue than the current approach of using prosecutors and FBI agents to do the sifting. A law should be enacted under which anytime the government is seeking to search an office or home that may contain confidential and privileged information, the search team must be accompanied by a judicial officer a judge, a magistrate or someone appointed to fulfill that function. That judicial officer should be the only one ever to read material that is eventually deemed to be confidential. A judge can be trusted not to leak far better than FBI agents or prosecutors. And if a judge were to leak, it would be easy to identify the source of the unlawful disclosure, since the single judge would be the only one to have access to the confidential material. This procedure might be somewhat more cumbersome and expensive than the current “taint team” approach, but it would provide much better safeguards to the fundamental rights that we as Americans possess. The taint team could be retained in the context for which it was originally developed: to prevent potential violations of the Fifth Amendment by the use of immunized self-criminating testimony. Taint teams should never be used in the context of the Fourth or Sixth Amendment, because the privacy and confidentiality at stake there is very different than those at stake under the Fifth Amendment. The Fifth Amendment merely prohibits the use of illegally obtained self-incriminatory information at the defendants criminal trial. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unlawful intrusions into the privacy of any American, and the Sixth Amendment implicitly prohibits violations of the lawyer/client privilege. Such violations occur the moment private or confidential information is viewed by government agents, regardless whether it is ultimately used in a criminal trial. When I proposed this new law on CNN, Jeffrey Toobin responded that lawyers, doctors, penitents and spouses are not above the law, and if there is probable cause to believe they may have committed a crime, it should be permissible to search their records without the direct supervision of a judge. But with due respect to my former student, that answer misses the point. The focus of my proposed law is not on the privacy rights of guilty lawyers, doctors, priests and spouses. Its focus is on the privacy and confidentiality rights of their innocent clients, patients, penitents and spouses. The proposed law is intended to protect the rights of these innocent bystanders. The legitimate confidentiality right of innocent people must be given priority over any inconvenience that might be caused by requiring a judge to be the one to filter out protected communications. My proposed law would not prevent the government from seizing incriminating evidence from guilty lawyers, doctors, penitents or spouses, so long as the evidence was not covered by a legitimate privilege. It would put prosecutors in the same position they are in today: they would not be able to use information that was ultimately deemed to be privileged. But it would protect the innocent clients, patients, penitents, and spouses from having their private and confidential information reviewed by FBI agents and prosecutors who might well leak the information or misuse it in other ways. Congress should seriously consider enacting such a law, not to help Donald Trump, but to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans whose private and confidential communications are now reviewed by taint teams comprised of FBI agents and prosecutors. All Americans should support this reasonable protection.

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The American Civil Liberties Union [ACLU] has “sunk to a new low,” becoming a “cheerleader” for the violation of civil liberties of political opponents, evidenced in the FBI raid earlier this week to obtain documents from President Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, said former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. In an opinion piece in the Washington Examiner on Saturday, Dershowitz blasted the raid, saying it could open the door to precedent in seizing records protected by attorney-client privilege, even though the move was a violation to the Fourth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. “Since the election of President Trump, [the ACLU] has sunk to a new low, becoming a cheerleader for the violation of the civil liberties of those on the other side of the political spectrum,” Dershowitz wrote. “The ACLU does not discuss the violations of the Fourth and Sixth Amendments that occur as soon as government agents read communications that were supposed to be protected by the Fourth and Sixth Amendments,” he continued. FBI agents raided Cohen’s home and law office on Monday, reportedly seeking documents related to efforts by Trump and Cohen to prevent the release of a “Hollywood Access” tape during the 2016 presidential campaign, where years before the president made vulgar comments about women. Agents also seized information related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Trump slammed the move as a “disgrace,” declaring on Twitter that “Attorney-client privilege is dead!” Dershowitz, who said he previously served on the ACLU board “with pride,” said the organization had become a “left-wing, agenda-driven lobby group” that ignored “the civil liberties of Americans with whom it disagrees.” Dershowitz explained that while investigators could only turn over information to prosecutors that was not protected by attorney-client privilege, government agents will nevertheless have “read communications that are privileged.” “Imagine that the search was of your lawyer’s office, or your doctor’s office, or your spouse’s computer, or the rectory of your priest. And imagine that government agents got to read the most intimate privileged communications between you, your lawyer, your doctor, your spouse or your priest. “Would it be enough that the government (and the ACLU) told you that the information wouldn’t be used in a criminal case against you? Would you believe that your civil liberties had been violated as soon as government agents read this material? “Would you trust government agents not to leak embarrassing information about your conversations, especially if you were a controversial public figure?” Dershowitz asked. This issue, Dershowitz maintains, the ACLU “does not address,” and notes that nearly every contributor to the ACLU voted against Trump. In supporting the ACLU raid, Dershowitz stated the ACLU “has abandoned its role as a neutral defender of civil liberties” and he called for another organization to step forward to represent a “neutral civil liberties organization.” “The hyper-partisan nature of American life, reflected by the ACLU’s decision to justify potential intrusions into Trump’s Fourth and Sixth Amendment rights, makes it necessary for someone to take over the traditional role of the ACLU. I hope others, both Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, will join me in protecting the civil liberties of all Americans,” Dershowitz concluded. 2018 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

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Editor’s note:A version of this op-ed was first published by the Gatestone Institute. Many TV pundits are telling viewers not to worry about the governments intrusion into possible lawyer-client privileged communications between President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen. The pundits say that since prosecutors wont get to see or use any privileged material taken when FBI agents raided and searched Cohens law office, home and hotel room Monday the intrusion will not be a problem. This is because prosecutors and FBI agents create firewalls and taint teams to preclude privileged information from being used against the client in a criminal case. But this analysis completely misses the point and ignores the distinction between the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution on the one hand, and the Fourth and Sixth Amendments on the other. The Fifth Amendment is an exclusionary rule. By its terms, it prevents material obtained in violation of the privilege of self-incrimination from being used to incriminate a defendant that is, to convict him or her of a crime. But the Fourth and Sixth Amendments provide far broader protections: they prohibit government officials from in any way intruding on the privacy of lawyer-client confidential rights of citizens. In other words, if the government improperly seizes private or privileged material, the violation has already occurred, even if the government never uses the material from the person from whom it was seized. Not surprisingly, therefore, firewalls and taint teams were developed in the context of the Fifth Amendment, not the Fourth or Sixth Amendments. Remember who comprises the firewall and taint teams: other FBI agents, prosecutors and government officials, who have no right under the Fourth and Sixth Amendments even to see private or confidential materials, regardless of whether it is ever used against a defendant. The very fact that this material is seen or read by a government official constitutes a core violation. It would be the same if the government surreptitiously recorded a confession of a penitent to a priest, or a description of symptoms by a patient to a doctor, or a discussion between a husband and wife of their sex life. The government simply has no right to this material, whether it ever uses it against the penitent, the patient, or the spouse in a criminal case. So lets not dismiss the potential violation of the rights of Michael Cohen and President Trump, if it turns out that included among the materials seized by the government in the raid were private or confidential information or documents. The recourses for intrusions on the Fourth and Sixth Amendments are multifold: the victim of an intrusion can sue for damages; he or she can exclude the material from use by the government in criminal or civil cases; or the victim can demand the material back. But none of these remedies undo the harm to privacy and confidentiality done to the citizen by the governments intrusion into his private and confidential affairs. An equally important harm is to important relationships that are protected by the law: between lawyer and client, priest and penitent, doctor and patient, husband and wife, etc. If the ordinary citizen sees that even the presidents confidential communications with his lawyer can be seized and perused, he or she will be far less willing to engage in such communications. As a society we value such communications; that is why our laws protect them and that is why it should be extremely difficult for the government to intrude upon them, except as a last recourse in extremely important cases. From what we know, this case does not meet those stringent standards. Much of the material sought from Cohen by the warrant could probably be obtained through other sources, such as bank, tax and other records that are subject to subpoena. Moreover, the alleged crimes at issue highly technical violations of banking and election laws would not seem to warrant the extreme measure of a highly publicized search and seizure of records that may well include some that are subject to the lawyer-client privilege. Someday soon, government is going to have to justify its decision to conduct this raid. I challenge any reader who is not concerned about the raid to honestly answer the following question: If the raid had been conducted on Hillary Clintons lawyers office and home, would you be as unconcerned? The truth now!

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Legal icon Alan Dershowitz said the American Civil Liberties Unions reaction to FBI raids on President Trumps personal attorney would be very different if the situation applied to Hillary Clinton. The ACLUs Twitter feed was mum on this week regarding the FBIs decision to raid the office and home of attorney Michael Cohen. Mr. Dershowitz noted the deafening silence during a Fox News appearance before comparing special counsel Robert Muellers Russian investigation to the FBIs work on Mrs. Clintons infamous email server. This is a very dangerous day today for lawyer-client relations, the Harvard Law School professor emeritus told Foxs Sean Hannity on Monday evening. I deal with clients all the time. I tell them on my word of honor that what you tell me is sacrosanct. And now they say just based on probable cause even though there was cooperation with Cohen, they can burst into the office, grab all the computers and then give it to another FBI agent and say you are the firewall. We want you now to read all these confidential communications. Tell us which ones we can get and which ones we cant get. You know, if this were the shoe on the other foot if this were Hillary Clinton being investigated and they went into her lawyers office the ACLU would be on every television station in America jumping up and down, he continued. The deafening silence of the ACLU and civil libertarians about the intrusion into the lawyer-client confidentiality is really appalling. For his part, Mr. Dershowitz has publicly warned against overreaching independent counsels since at least as far back as his 1982 book The Best Defense. A number of Mrs. Clintons top aides, including Cheryl Mills, reached immunity deals with the Justice Department as agents investigated the former secretary of states handing of government documents. The ACLUs official Twitter account said nothing in its own voice Tuesday. However, it did retweet the individual account of David Cole, its national legal director, in which he responded to Mr. Trumps claim that attorney-client privilege is dead. Theres a crime-fraud exception to the privilege, Mr. President, Mr. Cole wrote Tuesday. Cant abuse privilege to commit crime. We dont know all the reasons and circumstances for the FBI search of Cohens office and home, Mr. Cole added in a blog post. News reports suggest that the focus is on Cohens payments to two women, adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal to suppress their stories of affairs with Donald Trump, and that these payments may have been illegal. But what is clear is that prosecutors had to overcome high hurdles to obtain the search warrant. That the warrant was issued is not a sign that the attorney-client privilege is dead. It is, on the contrary, a sign that the rule of law is alive. Mr. Dershowitz told Fox that from his perspective, the raids are indicative of overzealous prosecutors who are obsessed with bringing down their target the president. If I were the president, I would at least seriously consider going to court tomorrow, seeking to have a judge get a hold of all the lawyer-client material, take it away from the prosecutor, take it away from the FBI. Dont let an FBI agent look at any of them, the lawyer said. Have the judge go through it and have the judge make a determination as to whether there is anything in there that is lawyer-client privilege. Sources told The New York Times on Tuesday that agents are looking for information regarding a nondisclosure agreement with Stormy Daniels, the porn star who received a $130,000 payment from Mr. Cohen prior to the 2016 election.

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Alan Dershowitz at NEP Studios in New York, Feb. 3, 2016. (John Lamparski/Getty Images for Hulu) WASHINGTON (JTA) Alan Dershowitz, the famed constitutional lawyer, is dining with President Donald Trump as the president faces new risk in a federal probe into his campaign. Dershowitz has been at the White House for part of today as Trump seeks his input, and hes supposed to have dinner with the president tonight, per White House sources, New York Times White House reporter Maggie Haberman posted Tuesday evening on Twitter. Trump was outraged Monday after federal agents raided the properties of his personal lawyer and longtime adviser, Michael Cohen, who allegedly arranged payments to silence women accusing Trump of extramarital liaisons. Dershowitz, a Democrat, has said repeatedly in televised appearances that Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Trump, has overreached, and that the special counsel institution is inherently problematic and prone to abuse. He has said he would have made the same claims about an investigation into a Democratic president. Trump, who reportedly has had trouble keeping lawyers because he tends not to listen to their advice, in recent months has hired personalities whose television appearances have impressed him. Dershowitz is a prominent defender of Israel and has said he has consulted with Trump on his Israel policy.

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Harvard Prof. Emeritus Alan Dershowitz, perhaps America’s leading civil libertarian and constitutional scholar, sounds the alarm Monday after The New York Times and other outlets reported federal prosecutors in Manhattan had executed a search warrant on the offices of Donald Trump’s longtime personal legal counsel, Michael D. Cohen. Dershowitz said he was unable to come up with a ready precedent for federal authorities raiding the offices of an attorney representing someone involved in a special counsel investigation. The Times reports thatthe FBI conducteda raid at Cohen’s Rockefeller Center office. The FBI’s haul from the office included: hard drives, business and tax records, emails, and at least one phone, according to published reports. Some correspondence between Trump and Cohen was also confiscated, according to the Times. Read This Newsmax Platinum Article! Get special, easy access to Newsmax Platinum reports: Become a Newsmax Platinum Member today!

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