Michael Avenatti Causing Problems for Federal Probe

Michael Avenatti Causing Problems for Federal Probe

A total of eight boxes of documents, about a dozen cellphones, iPads and computers, and 19 hard drives and thumb drives were seized on April 9 when federal agents raided Mr. Cohen's office, apartment and hotel room.

"I either want you to participate, or not be in the matter at all", Wood told Avenatti, according to Courthouse News, who had a reporter in the hearing.

Cohen, who has not been charged with a crime, is under investigation on suspicion of campaign-finance violations and bank fraud.

Meanwhile, Epner said that because disputed items wouldn't be turned over to federal prosecutors until all objections and appeals are exhausted, there was more "incentive" for Cohen and Trump to "carry the fight" to the circuit court - and even the Supreme Court level - if Jones and Wood "decide that documents over which privilege is claimed are, in fact, not privileged".

Wood gave lawyers from Trump and Cohen until June 15 to identify which of the 3.7 million files seized from Cohen by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April they believe are protected by attorney-client privilege.

We also found out prosecutors are trying to piece together documents from a shredder acquired during the raid.

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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.

The primary subject of the hearing Wednesday was a review of files and phone data taken from Michael Cohen, pictured, as part of an investigation of his personal business affairs.

Shortly after the listening to, Avenatti withdrew his utility for admission with out prejudice, which means he might select to resume the movement at a later time, although he doesn't seem like stepping again from the case.

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 claimed the hearing was relevant to his case, but the judge said he could not personally represent his client, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, as long as he continues his "publicity tour".

Wood said she would hold Avenatti's request to enter the case in abeyance until he makes a formal request from Daniels to intervene, but warned him that if he is admitted he'll have to obey the court's rules limiting public statements and give up his high profile media presence. 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.

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

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"We've got a whole host of information that we are going to be releasing relating to Mr. Cohen and relating to Mr. Trump, so they better buckle up", he said. Trump denies it. Daniels was not in court Wednesday.

If they fail to meet the deadline, she will turn over the remaining materials to a government "taint team", she said.

"People are allowed to have conversations", Avenatti said, "but they're not allowed to tape or record those conversations unless they have permission, unless you're in a single party state".

This story was updated to include Avenatti's withdrawl from Cohen's case. By Ryan's count, Avenatti made at least 170 TV appearances and Ryan said he attacked Cohen in a lot of them.

The emails, according to Hendon, undercut a simple claim by Avenatti: that the law firm connected to the California bankruptcy did not represent Clifford in the matter before Wood.

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