"The FBI has now obtained this material".
Lawyers for the embattled former attorney to President Donald Trump have been granted an extra ten days to review documents seized from his home and his office by federal investigators, reports Bloomberg. Prosecutors also divulged in a letter to the court that they had completed the reconstruction of 16 pages of documents recovered during the raids from a shredding machine.
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.
Cohen wants to hire a lawyer who has a relationship with the USA prosecutor's office in Manhattan, the source added.
Although some speculated that the development means Cohen is leaning closer to cooperating with prosecutors, it is common for people to change representation, particularly as their legal bills pile up.
Stephanie Clifford is suing Cohen and Trump to void a nondisclosure agreement that blocks her from speaking publicly about the affair she had with Donald Trump in 2006. "And he's a good person", Trump said.
This new development arrives amid a period of uncertainty in Cohen's legal defense.
Avenatti has made 121 television appearances to discuss the facts and circumstances relating to this case and has tweeted about the case more than 400 times, according to the court document.
About 3.7 million files were seized in the raids and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege between Cohen and the president.
Jones and Cohen's attorneys have already reviewed an initial collection of data from two phones and an iPad. A replacement counsel has not been identified.
In addition to the shredded papers and phone messages, prosecutors said they recovered 315 megabytes from a BlackBerry found in the search.
A judge Friday indicated no ruling would occur on the request before July.