NEW YORK-A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday ordered lawyers for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime fixer, to complete within two weeks their review of a huge trove of documents and data that the FBI seized from him last month and that prosecutors are eager to use in their continuing investigation of Cohen.
Michael Avenatti, lawyer of adult-film actress Stormy Daniels speaks to media as he exits courtroom in New York, Could 30, 2018. Earlier this month, Cohen's lawyers wrote that Avenatti had created a "carnival atmosphere" and should not be allowed into the NY court.
Cohen's lawyers argued for mid July.
Rachel Maimin, an assistant US attorney, said her office was still trying to access files from two Blackberry devices, which Cohen believed belonged to his wife almost a decade ago, and the contents of a shredding machine. Avenatti, they said, focused on "smearing" Cohen.
Meanwhile, Epner said that because disputed items wouldn't be turned over to federal prosecutors until all objections and appeals are exhausted, there was more "incentive" for Cohen and Trump to "carry the fight" to the circuit court - and even the Supreme Court level - if Jones and Wood "decide that documents over which privilege is claimed are, in fact, not privileged".
Shortly after the listening to, Avenatti withdrew his utility for admission with out prejudice, which means he might select to resume the movement at a later time, although he doesn't seem like stepping again from the case.
Cohen looked exhausted Wednesday, elbows resting on the table in front of him and head cocked slightly back.
In addition to his frequent appearances on cable news, Avenatti drove headlines three weeks ago when he tweeted information alleging Cohen had received payments of over $500,000 from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch and US companies lobbying the government, including AT&T and Novartis.
In total, Harrison said they've received 3.7 million files from the government and have reviewed about a third.
Michael Avenatti is claiming he did not slow down the Michael Cohen investigation, despite a recent report saying he slowed prosecutor's efforts into the probe.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said a special taint team of prosecutors will make determinations after that date. Avenatti has accused Cohen or an associate of leaking a recording of a conversation between Cohen and Daniels' first attorney, Keith Davidson, which Avenatti said should be privileged.
Ryan's complaints weren't limited to Avenatti's TV appearances. Ryan said, "Candidly, he shouldn't be asking us to answer questions; he should be asked to answer questions".
Ryan told a judge that Avenatti should not be able to participate in a review over whether the materials fall under attorney-client privilege.
Attorneys for Cohen, the governmen∞t and the president will appear at a hearing on Wednesday morning to update Wood about the status of the transfer of the potential evidence. The firm has said the transaction had nothing to do with Vekselberg.
Cohen's attorneys have earlier expressed their desire for Avenatti to not be admitted into the case, which he is seeking to do on Daniels' behalf.