NEW YORK-A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday ordered lawyers for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime fixer, to complete within two weeks their review of a huge trove of documents and data that the FBI seized from him last month and that prosecutors are eager to use in their continuing investigation of Cohen.
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. And that evidence didn't quite augur well for Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti. Avenatti has said that Clifford is not represented by Eagan Avenatti, his former law firm, which was just hit with a $10 million judgment by a federal bankruptcy court.
Cohen's lawyers argued for mid July.
"Sooner rather than later that is going to have to be teed-up", he told Wood.
Among the items not yet cleared for release, a prosecutor said in court Wednesday, were two BlackBerry phones and the contents of one of Cohen's shredders.
Cohen's attorneys then said they couldn't be sure if the phones belonged to Cohen's wife.
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.
Avenatti has made countless appearances on cable outlets blasting President Trump and Cohen while defending his client, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. According to The Wall Street Journal, Avenatti had also attempted to stop Daniels's former manager, Gina Rodriguez, from handing over any communications to the prosecutors handling the case until he had reviewed them himself.
She said lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization had made 252 total privilege designations from materials produced by the government on May 8 and May 9. Avenatti's motion, he said, was "sidestepping his intentionally malicious and prejudicial release of that information".
Avenatti would have to stop claiming Cohen is guilty publicly so as not to taint a potential jury, Wood said. Should his application be accepted, Wood said it would require him to "change [his] conduct".
Cohen's attorneys fought to keep Avenatti out of the case, citing a California State Bar investigation into him.
At times, lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization acknowledged the document review work of Cohen's team, and of special master Barbara Jones, appointed by the court to review Cohen's privilege claims.
"What stands out to me is how very few of the items reviewed were even designated privileged by Cohen and Trump", Roland Riopelle, a partner at Sercarz & Riopelle who was formerly a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, told Business Insider. More specifically, it was Avenatti's pro hac vice motion to appear in the Southern District, which has been actively and, during the hearing, vocally opposed by Cohen's attorney, McDermott Will & Emery attorney Stephen Ryan.
"The irony of that, your honor, is fairly palpable", Avenatti said.
When pressed by Tapper on why the American people should have access to Cohen's private conversations, Avenatti said, "I know for a fact that one or more of these conversations do describe things that are inappropriate".
Ryan also called Avenatti and prosecutors "strange bedfellows".