A lawyer’s bizarre bid to have a protective order placed on any notes from a 2013 conversation with Michael Cohen about ex-State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s alleged abuse of two women was rejected by a judge Thursday.
Attorney Peter Gleason had sought a protective order on notes Cohen might have taken during their conversation. Those notes could have been seized by the FBI during an April 9 raid on Cohen’s law office and residences.
In a terse one-page ruling Manhattan Federal Court Judge Kimba Wood rejected Gleason’s effort for an added level of secrecy on the notes.
Wood is overseeing an ongoing case over the raid, which revealed an investigation into President Trump’s personal attorney for campaign finance violations, as well as bank and wire fraud.
A retired judge is currently assisting in the review of Cohen’s materials to determine which are subject to attorney-client privilege.
Gleason said that in 2013 a columnist for the New York Post suggested he speak with Donald Trump regarding two women who alleged Schneiderman had been “sexually inappropriate” with them. At the time, Trump was mulling a run for governor.
Gleason ended up describing the allegations to Cohen, who is Trump’s personal attorney.
Schneiderman resigned in disgrace earlier this month after the New Yorker reported he was a hard-drinking brute who had abused four women while presenting himself publicly as a champion of the #MeToo movement.
Gleason said he was pleased with Wood’s decision.