President Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen just lost the latest round in the fight to keep documents seized from Cohen’s offices, electronics, and hotel room from being reviewed by federal investigators. Cohen was seeking a temporary restraining order, or TRO, and the judge denied that motion, though a preliminary injunction—another way to block investigators—is still on the table.
It’s not clear when the next hearing will be, but it’ll be hard to beat Monday’s hearing for suspense. In one particularly memorable moment, Judge Kimba Wood ordered Cohen to disclose the name of his third client on the spot—yes, Cohen only has three legal clients—after Cohen fought to withhold it.
It’d take more than one post to explore all the ethical (never mind legal) problems with this revelation, but here’s one for thought.
Also notable? The presence of Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who allegedly had an affair with Trump, and the attorney representing her in her bid to invalidate the nondisclosure contract Cohen orchestrated to keep her from discussing relations with Trump.
Less flashy but perhaps more significant, Judge Wood had some sharp words for Cohen’s and Trump’s attorneys pursuant to legal shenanigans.