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

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Federal prosecutors said in a Friday court filing that they had pieced together 16 pages' worth of content from President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen's paper shredder.

The deadline extension comes as Cohen, under severe financial pressure, has made a decision to split with his current team and hire new lawyers, according to a person familiar with the case.

"The court rightfully shot down the request for emergency relief because there was never any basis for it", Avenatti said in an email. It "threatens to turn what should be a solemn Federal Court proceeding into a media circus". Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings with foreign companies.

Prosecutors from the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY said in the filing that they conferred with Cohen's lawyers and that the parties jointly proposed a June 25 deadline for Cohen's team to review the newly produced documents for privilege designations.

With those kinda stats, you could say Avenatti's out-Trumping Trump. Cohen has admitted making the payment, but Trump has denied the encounter with Daniels.

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"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. "The motion is right out of their playbook". 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.

A separate hearing in Daniels' case is scheduled for June 21. He adds, Avenatti's also tweeted 439 times about him or the case!

Earlier Friday, Trump was asked whether he was concerned that Cohen would "flip" on him, or provide damaging information on the president to prosecutors in exchange for a favorable deal.

The judge also admonished Cohen in a footnote, saying such requests "throw the system out of whack" by creating more work for the court, forcing adversaries to respond in a hurry and allowing some litigants to "cut in line" ahead of others.

In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown he would face "immediate, irreparable injury" without an immediate restraining order.