In a late April court filing, government attorneys in the United States v. Cohen case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York officially withdrew their opposition to having a special master conduct privilege review of the documents seized from Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump.

However, they also suggested a new way forward: The review should rely on a process proposed by one of the government’s candidates for special master, former U.S. Magistrate Judge Frank Maas of the Southern District of New York. That process involved using technology-assisted review (TAR) “to identify potentially privileged material for review in an efficient manner,” noted a letter attached to the filing.

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