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When Can the FBI Raid a Lawyer’s Office?

After federal agents raided his lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, current U.S. president and noted legal expert Donald Trump tweeted: “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

This will be news to lawyers and legal scholars nationwide. What may be news to Trump and Cohen is that there are exceptions to attorney-client privilege, one of which applies to communications between an attorney and a client that are made in furtherance of a fraud or other crime. So, while FBI raids of lawyers’ offices are rare, they may be an indication of the type of information agents are seeking.

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