(National Sentinel)Â Corrupt:Â Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday on “Fox & Friends” that the government will attempt to prove that President Donald J. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was not practicing law and therefore is not subject to “attorney-client privilege.”
“The governmentâ€™s theory is that Michael Cohen, though a licensed and practicing lawyer, for the most part, didnâ€™t practice law. He was a fixer. He was a dirty trickster,” Napolitano said.
“If he is not practicing law â€” if heâ€™s doing these things some of which are lawful, some of which are at the edge. There is no attorney-client privilege,” he added.
“And how are they going to prove that? The governmentâ€™s going to put Michael Cohen himself on the witness stand today and theyâ€™re going to grill him.
â€œA federal judge â€¦ will decide [whether] you were practicing law. Therefore, these are privileged. You are not practicing law, therefore, theyâ€™re not privileged,â€ Napolitano continued.
The legal analyst said the concept of attorney-client privilege should be preserved at all costs.
â€œThe attorney-client privilege is an ancient privilege,â€ he noted. â€œIf it is privileged, then the government canâ€™t look at it and canâ€™t use it. If itâ€™s not privileged, no matter how damning it is to the president, if she finds that he was not practicing law, that he was a dirty trickster or a fixer, then the government gets to keep all of no matter what it is.â€
In court filings in the U.S. District Court of New York, attorneys for Trump said the president — who was granted permission to intervene in the case by a judge on Friday — opposesÂ allowing the government to review materials seized in the FBI’s earlier search of materials seized from Cohen last week.
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