Stormy's lawyer ends bid for role in Cohen case

02 June, 2018, 05:17 | Author: Angel Logan
  • NEW YORK NY- APRIL 13 Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's attorney takes a phone call near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave

The addition of the Hendon emails-which allegedly show Eagan Avenatti attorneys communicating with President Trump's counsel and other people regarding the Stormy Daniels case-adds a further wrinkle to Avenatti's oft-repeated claim that his formerly bankrupt firm has nothing to do with his ongoing representation of Stormy Daniels.

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.

If Avenatti had been given standing in the case, Wood said, he would have to "stop in its tracks your publicity tour on television and elsewhere".

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump and Cohen to get out of the "hush agreement" Cohen arranged just before the 2016 election to keep her quiet about her alleged tryst with Trump more than a decade ago.

Avenatti has been adamant in court filings that his fight to represent Clifford, and thus to be admitted to practice law in the Southern District of NY on a pro hac vice basis ("for this occasion only"), stems from his duty to protect her interests in any records - including any audio recordings between Cohen and Clifford's former attorney Keith Davidson - that may have been swept up in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids of Cohen's premises.

That process is being overseen by former judge Barbara Jones, whom Wood appointed "special master" in the matter. 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.

That triggered back-and-forth allegations of misconduct in court filings over Avenatti's request to be admitted practice in Manhattan federal court to represent Daniels - including a claim from him that Cohen leaked a recording of a conversation with Daniels' former lawyer to the media.

Updated | The attorney representing adult film actor Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen would have to end his "publicity tour" should he be allowed to participate in the federal case Cohen is now facing, the judge overseeing the matter said during a hearing Wednesday morning.

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.

Stephen Ryan, an attorney for Cohen, argued that Avenatti had acted outrageously by publicly releasing banking information related to Cohen and by criticizing Cohen in dozens of television appearances.

Ryan said Avenatti had "published that information gratuitously".

After the hearing, Avenatti withdrew his motion to intervene - at least until the court rules whether Daniels is allowed to participate in the case.

Avenatti previously told Newsweek that the law firm does not represent Daniels and had nothing to do with him personally.

Of the material seized from Cohen's home, hotel and office in April, only two old Blackberry phones and the contents of a shredder have yet to be turned over to Cohen's lawyers, prosecutors said. Prosecutors called that an "unreasonable delay". U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood told Avenatti he would need to file a formal application to join the case. Avenatti said the existence of such recordings was "surprising and disturbing".

Another 292,006 items that were not designated by Cohen or Trump as privileged or highly personal were turned over to prosecutors on May 23.

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