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Michael Cohen Requests Court Order Forcing Stormy Daniels' Attorney to Shut Up

17 June, 2018, 18:52 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Michael Avenatti Stormy Daniels's attorney leaves a New York federal courthouse in April

Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels in a separate civil litigation against Cohen and Trump, on Friday tweeted that the encrypted messages and reconstructed documents 'could pose a huge problem for Mr Cohen and ultimately Mr Trump'.

Prosecutors in NY said in a court filing later Friday that they are still processing material seized from Cohen in an April raid.

Prosecutors in NY said in a court filing later Friday that they are still processing material seized from Cohen in an April raid.

The letter reveals that investigators reconstructed 16 pages of Cohen's documents that had been shredded - indicating that they contained sensitive information he was trying to hide.

U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles on Friday denied Cohen's request to immediately issue the restraining order and instead gave Avenatti a June 25 deadline to respond. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.

"Mr. Avenatti either needs to respect and observe the Code of Professional Conduct (for lawyers) or remove himself from this case", Cohen's lawyer Brent Blakely said in an email.

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Under the procedure set by Judge Wood, Cohen's team is doing an initial review of the files.

In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Southern New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for review-including a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. Jones reviews the designations, then makes recommendations to Wood, who has the final say. Under the supervision of a retired federal judge acting as a "special master", the files are being scrutinized by Cohen's attorneys for items potentially covered by attorney-client privilege.

Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket during the 2016 presidential campaign but has not explained why or if Trump was aware of the payment.

The probe into Cohen stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between associates of Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was married.

Cohen bolstered his claim by citing U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in NY, who is presiding over Cohen's request for a review of materials seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.

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