Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Cohen Judge Says Avenatti’s ‘Publicity Tour’ Could Taint a Jury

Cohen Judge Says Avenatti’s ‘Publicity Tour’ Could Taint a Jury

The feds, meanwhile, say they have turned over to Cohen everything they seized in an April FBI raid on his resident, office and hotel room, with the exception of materials from two Blackberries and the contents of a shredder so they can review the materials for privileged documents that should be off-limits to the feds.

Earlier this month, Avenatti also filed the motion to participate against Cohen in the case.

The special master Wood appointed to also review the documents before federal prosecutors, Barbara Jones, had updated the court Tuesday, stating she was set to receive one million more files from three of Cohen's cell phones and had already reviewed nearly 300,000 files. Prosecutors told the judge it would take them a couple more weeks to finish that project, and it seems review of those documents won't be subject to the June 15 deadline.

Wood was unmoved, but she made comments in court that may have prompted Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, to withdraw a request to get a formal role in the legal negotiations.

Attorneys for Cohen, the governmen∞t and the president will appear at a hearing on Wednesday morning to update Wood about the status of the transfer of the potential evidence. Prosecutors called that an "unreasonable delay".

The subsequent back and forth between Avenatti and Stephen Ryan, representing Michael Cohen, was animated.

But he withdrew the request after a court hearing Wednesday in NY in which a judge told him that while he is free to speak out now, he would have to end his "publicity tour on TV and elsewhere" if he entered the case. Lawyers practicing in the federal court in Manhattan must follow local rules barring statements that might taint prospective jurors. "Until you are admitted here, I don't expect you to stand and be heard" at future hearings. "I don't want you to be in some sort of limbo where you're able to denigrate Mr. Cohen".

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Among other things, he accused Cohen's lawyers of giving a journalist an audio recording of a conversation between Daniels' former lawyer and Cohen. But the California lawyer has also used his sudden celebrity to attack Cohen and Trump, and disclosed leaked bank records showing payments to Cohen from companies with federal business.

"It has not occurred", he said. Daniels, a porn star whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump and Cohen over the nondisclosure agreement she signed related the $130,000 payment she signed before the 2016 election over her claims she had an affair with Trump.

On Fox News Wednesday night, Giuliani twisted this into a claim that Avenatti was thrown out of court by the judge because he was unethical and a liar. ". People can make their own determinations as to their importance pertaining to the president and what he knew and when he knew it and what he did".

"Mr. Cohen and his attorney Mr. Ryan should release all of those audio recordings to the American people ant to Congress", Avenatti said, suggesting if the recordings did relate to Daniels, it could be a violation of attorney-client privilege.

Ryan at one point seemed critical of what he called "a very unusual thing going on" between prosecutors and Avenatti, who claimed he had a good working relationship with the government lawyers and that he knew the lawyers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not leaked the audio.

"The fact that so few documents seized from an attorney are even claimed to be privileged is surprising", Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant United States attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider.

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