Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Judge Rejects Cohen's Attempt To Drag Out Doc Review

Judge Rejects Cohen's Attempt To Drag Out Doc Review

But the judge seemed to reprimand him and his "publicity tour" in court, and shortly after the hearing, Avenatti withdrew his motion.

That ruling, however, took a backseat to the sideshow involving Avenatti, Cohen and Trump, who are enmeshed in two civil suits and whose clash escalated earlier this month when Avenatti released Cohen's leaked banking records. 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.

The stakes for the president are high.

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.

Citing people familiar with the situation, the Journal reported Avenatti has "slowed prosecutors' efforts" to discuss the nondisclosure agreement (NDA) with Daniels' former lawyer Keith Davidson, has demanded to review the documents subpoenaed from him, and has not acted on federal prosecutors' requests to waive attorney-client privilege so Davidson can discuss the NDA. Also reviewing the materials are lawyers for Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, the president and the Trump Organization.


"We have already started producing documents to the government so any suggestion we are not cooperating is meritless", Avenatti said. "I had to send him home".

The special master, Barbara Jones, provided the court on Tuesday with her first update on that review process.

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. "And also, we have every reason to believe that the tapes include communications between Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen that don't have anything to do with the rendering of legal advice".

Upon leaving the courthouse in lower Manhattan, Cohen - who also has the Fox TV star Sean Hannity as a client - did not reply to a shouted question about whether he meant to cooperate with prosecutors. "Fuckin' traitor!" yelled one.

An attorney for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is accusing porn actress Stormy Daniels' attorney of leaking secret banking records to deliberately harm his client.


Avenatti helped to publicize the fact that AT&T, Novartis and others had paid Cohen hundreds of thousands of dollars for consulting services in the year after the inauguration.

"It's never a good idea to be recording conversations, period, especially if you are an attorney, especially if you're dealing with sensitive information", Avenatti said. Avenatti's firm was hit with the judgment in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he had previously agreed to pay $2 million to a former colleague, Josh Frank.

Avenatti told Wood he'd done nothing wrong.

Avenatti snapped at her, saying her client, the president, has tweeted and spoken about this case in the media in great detail. Avenatti also said his firm's bankruptcy woes were irrelevant to the matter before the court and that said firm-Eagan Avenatti-had nothing to do with Daniels or her case. Avenatti said the existence of such recordings was "surprising and disturbing".

He complained to Wood that Avenatti's release of secret bank files on Cohen - and two other men named Michael Cohen who were included by accident - was unethical and disqualifying.


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