Judge Wood Tells Avenatti He Would Have to Stop 'Publicity Tour'

Porn Star’s Attorney Avenatti Battles Wall Street Journal Report Of Stonewalling Federal Prosecutors

Porn Star’s Attorney Avenatti Battles Wall Street Journal Report Of Stonewalling Federal Prosecutors

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents seized over a dozen electronic devices in what prosecutors said was a probe into possible fraud involving Cohen's business interests. Any outstanding material Cohen's team could not review for privilege by the deadline would then be turned over to prosecutors to finish.

At the moment, a special master is overseeing a document review of the items obtained by the government in the raids to determine what falls under attorney-client privilege.

At Wednesday's hearing, Wood set a June 15 deadline for Cohen's and Trump's lawyers to identify materials seized in April raids on his home, office and hotel room, which they say prosecutors can not use by prosecutors because the materials are subject to attorney-client privilege.

Jones also reported having received additional electronic data over the past two weeks, including "e$3 lectronic data from a video recorder, two computers, and mobile storage devices" which "includes various video, electronic communications and documents as well as data typically associated with computer usage".

Wood said at the hearing Wednesday that she had to balance the needs of lawyers for Cohen and Trump with the needs of criminal prosecutors.

And one more element of Wednesday's hearing - Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels.

Wood told Avenatti that while he is free to speak his mind now, he would have to end his "publicity tour" and attacks on Cohen if he became part of the case. Avenatti's involvement in the case so far, Ryan argued, has "turned (it) on it's head".

After the hearing, Avenatti told reporters he believes Ryan confirmed the existence of audio recordings relating to Daniels.

Harrison said Cohen's legal team included 15 lawyers and two data specialists working "all night" and through the Memorial Day weekend.

"As a result of our efforts, there was a shocking admission that was made in court today, namely, that just like the Nixon tapes, we now have what I will refer to as the Trump tapes", he said.

Avenatti said he would consider whether to make a motion to intervene in the matter.

Wood said Cohen's wish to methodologically sort through potentially privileged documents needed to be balanced with "the need for the investigation to go forward".

Cohen's lawyers also clashed in the courtroom with Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stormy Daniels, the actor and producer of pornographic films, who alleges she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago and was paid $130,000 in hush money by Cohen, which was later reimbursed to Cohen by Trump. The revelation of that payment ignited a firestorm around Cohen and the president, and Daniels is separately suing Cohen and Trump in California to void the nondisclosure agreement she signed with Cohen. Avenatti's motion, he said, was "sidestepping his intentionally malicious and prejudicial release of that information".

In response, Cohen's attorney said he was unaware of the release of any audio file, noting that if it had been released, they would be "everywhere" and that "if" the audio files existed, they would be "under lock and key at my law firm". The judge ruled Wednesday that Cohen's attorneys' review of the materials must be concluded by June 15, or the remaining materials will be sent to a group of lawyers not connected to the case.

Riopelle said those fees seemed "very reasonable given the magnitude of the documentation involved in the case and the complexity of the issues".

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