Trump Team Tells Judge That Document Probe Has ‘Spiraled out of Control’

On Wednesday, Trump’s attorneys filed a motion to halt the document review process in the Michael Cohen investigation, writing that the “defendant-affiliated entities and individuals have already produced over 2.3 million pages of documents to the Government.” They added that the “Government has not even attempted to identify the scope of documents it contends are potentially relevant to its investigation, but instead plans to seize all documents and review them in a manner that will unnecessarily burden and delay defendants’ ability to defend themselves.”

The filing came a day after attorneys for Cohen and Trump asked U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood to appoint an independent third party to review the seized documents and determine which are protected by attorney-client privilege.

In the filing, Trump’s attorneys accuse the government of having “spiraled out of control.”

“The Government now seeks to take the extraordinary step of seizing all evidence related to the President’s personal attorney, including potentially privileged communications between the President and his longtime personal lawyer, in order to review that evidence itself,” they write.

Wood has yet to rule on the request.

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Investigators from the district attorney’s office descended on the borough courthouse Wednesday with a request for a stack of court filings dating back to 1999.

The move came one day after this newspaper reported that the borough’s Democratic mayor and his appointed borough attorney, who is also the Democratic borough chairman, sent letters to the judge in the case seeking leniency for the defendant.

The letters, which the district attorney’s office characterized as improper attempts to sway the judge, asked the judge to consider the effect a conviction would have on the mayor’s administration and the defendant’s employment status.

Investigators were looking for a decision letter from the judge, as well as any filings related to the case dating back to 1999, said John Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor.

But the DA’s office may have hit a snag in its quest for evidence.

Borough Clerk Theresa Ferrara said she could not find the decision letter from the judge.

“I checked all of the files and I couldn’t find it,” Ferrara said.

And Molinelli said the DA’s office was not sure what specific filings it was looking for.

“We’re not exactly sure what we’re looking for. We’re just looking for any documentation that would show any type of contact between the borough and the judge in this case,” Molinelli said.

The DA’s office is investigating whether Mayor James Maley and Borough Attorney Gerald Krovatin improperly tried to sway Judge Harry Billmeier in the sentencing of Michael Maietta, who was convicted of official misconduct.

The letters were written on borough letterhead and bore the signatures of the mayor and borough attorney.

Maley has said he did not think he did anything wrong and was only trying to help the defendant keep his job.

Krovatin said he was not trying to improperly influence the judge.

District Attorney John Molinelli said he was not sure what type of evidence his office was seeking, but that he was interested in any documentation that would show contact between the borough and the judge in the case.

Investigators from the district attorney’s office descended on the borough courthouse Wednesday with a request for a stack of court filings dating back to 1999.

The move came one day after

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The Trump team has filed a motion to halt the document probe, claiming that it has "spiraled out of control." The motion claims that the probe has "stripped [the team] of its ability to meaningfully prepare for its defense in the existing Russia collusion case."

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