Michael Avenatti Posts Judge’s Ruling Denying Michael Cohen’s Emergency Request

Hugh Fox
June 17, 2018

Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, asked a federal court in California on Thursday to issue a restraining order against the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, a court document showed.

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'.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he's not anxious about his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, flipping on him.

Prosecutors said they still had not given Cohen's team the contents of one Blackberry seized in the raids, which they had not been able to unlock.

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They also said that they had recovered the equivalent of more than 700 pages of encrypted messages sent by secure applications on Cohen's devices.

With those kinda stats, you could say Avenatti's out-Trumping Trump.

Cohen wants an immediate restraining order barring Avenatti from talking about him or the case.

The attorney claims Avenatti's behavior and statements about Cohen are unethical and threatens Cohen's ability to have a fair trial as it's turning the case into a "media circus".

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Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

At the center of Cohen's troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment that he facilitated to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women during the April raids.

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized in the April raids and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege.

Daniels, who is suing Trump and Cohen, is seeking to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed days before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen worked with Trump for a decade and is the focus of a criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors. Wood said in a one-page order that she's considering the request and will postpone the deadline until she rules on it.

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