Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels and attorney-client privilege

Trump Tweeted “Attorney-client privilege is dead” after FBI stormed the offices of Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen. But what is that and how does it work? We explain.

Less than 24 hours after federal agents raided the offices and home of his personal lawyer, President Trump lamented: “attorney-client privilege is dead.”

“I have many (too many!) lawyers and they are probably wondering when their offices, and even homes, are going to be raided,” the president tweeted later. “All lawyers are deflated and concerned!”

While all lawyers may not share the president’s immediate concerns, the search targeting New York attorney Michael Cohen — his involvement in hush money payments to a porn star and a Playboy playmate, along with his newly disclosed association with Fox News host Sean Hannity — have cast a spotlight on the purpose and bounds of the central bond between attorney and client.
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