Review of Michael Cohen’s records finds just a fraction fall under attorney-client privilege

In a two-page status report submitted Monday, court-appointed special master Barbara Jones said she found just 14 out of 639 items — containing 12,543 pages of “hard copy materials” taken from Michael Cohen’s home, office and hotel room — should be held back from federal prosecutors because of attorney-client privilege.

Separately, Jones ruled that 148 out of 291,770 total items on two phones and an iPad taken from Cohen by the FBI fell into privileged or partially privileged categories. Another seven items, Jones added, were deemed “Highly Personal.”

Jones’s report covers only a small part of the materials seized in April from Cohen, which includes more than a dozen mobile devices and 19 other digital-media devices. Todd Harrison, a lawyer for Cohen, told the court last week that his firm had received about 3.7 million files, with about 1.3 million already turned over to Jones for her review.