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Apr 27, 2018

This Week: Trump Distances Himself From Cohen, Special Master Appointed

President Trump distanced himself from Michael Cohen this week, as both of the cases against Cohen — the civil case involving Stormy Daniels and the federal criminal case in New York — continued to progress. Judge Kimba Wood appointed veteran prosecutor Barbara Jones as special master in the criminal probe, where she’ll be tasked with combing through materials seized from Cohen to determine which are covered by attorney-client privilege. Cohen announced this week that, because of that criminal investigation, he is pleading the Fifth in the Daniels suit. Daniels is suing Cohen for defamation and his role in a nondisclosure agreement related to payouts she received during the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. The President touched on both investigations in a freewheeling Thursday Fox interview, where he admitted for the first time that Cohen represented him in the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal.” Though Cohen worked exclusively for the Trump Organization for years, Trump insisted he…

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