Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Judge denies request for Stormy Daniels gag order

Judge denies request for Stormy Daniels gag order

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood presides over a federal court hearing where attorneys for President Donald Trump and Michael Cohen tried to persuade the judge to delay prosecutors from examining records and electronic devices seized in NY.

In a court filing Friday, prosecutors said they had reconstructed about 16 pages of documents that had been found inside a shredder during the raid. Asked if Cohen, long among Trump's most trusted fixers, was still his attorney, the president said no.

Brent H. Blakely, who filed the motion on Cohen's behalf, alleges that since Daniels filed suit, Avenatti has made more than 120 media appearances and issued at least 439 tweets relating to the lawsuit or to Cohen.

Michael Cohen wants a judge to muzzle Michael Avenatti.

According to a report in on Saturday, a letter submitted to the presiding judge in the case against Cohen revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation recovered over 700 pages of messages and call logs from encrypted messaging apps on a smartphone belonging to Cohen.

Friday, Otero said that Cohen " has not demonstrated in the Application that immediate, irreparable injury would occur in the absence of emergency ex parte relief".

When federal investigators searched and seized documents from the work and home of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump immediately denounced the action taken against his lawyer and seemed fearful about what the records might show.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen and Trump to get out of an agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump. CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues reported Thursday that Cohen is feeling isolated and believes Mr. Trump and his allies are turning against him, as pressure for him to cooperate with federal authorities continues. She is hoping to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement she signed days before the presidential election because, she argues, Trump never signed it.

Judge James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California set a briefing for later this month, after which he'll make a final decision on the restraining order request.

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