Michael Avenatti warned by federal judge about ‘publicity tour’

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Attorney Michael Avenatti withdrew his request to represent former adult film star Stormy Daniels in the case regarding Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's attorney, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his offices earlier this year.

A NY judge says lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and Trump have until June 15 to make attorney-client privilege claims over data seized in April raids.

On Tuesday night, the special master, Barbara S. Jones, reported to the judge that more than one million files from three of Cohen's cellphones would be turned over to the government Wednesday after lawyers for Cohen and Trump had determined that they contained no privileged information.

One of Cohen's attorneys, Todd Harrison, said their team is "working around the clock" and "as fast as we can" to finish the review.

Michael Avenatti said he wanted a role in the case so he could ensure that any confidential records or recordings related to Daniels weren't improperly disclosed.

Much of the rest of the hearing was taken up by vicious bickering between Avenatti and lawyers for Cohen and Trump. Avenatti told Wood he had not been accused of any improper conduct, according to Courthouse News, but she responded that he would "need to stop doing some of the things you've been doing".

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He said that Ryan "admitted that there are audio recordings that Michael Cohen was taking for years, and that those recordings are, to quote him, 'not only do they exist, but they are under lock and key, ' and some of them relate to my client and her attorney-client privilege communications".

Ryan told a judge that Avenatti should not be able to participate in a review over whether the materials fall under attorney-client privilege.

Avenatti had sought to join the case but withdrew his motion after U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood warned that Avenatti would have to end his "publicity tour" if she granted him standing. The report was submitted a day before Wood was to preside over a hearing in Manhattan federal court.

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".

The lawyers included the court documents from the case involving Avenatti's firm, Eagan Avenatti, in US Bankruptcy Court.

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Stormy Daniels' attorney has withdrawn his request to get a formal role in the legal negotiations over files the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized from President Trump's personal lawyer.

"It has not occurred", he said. He represents Daniels in a case concerning the actress' alleged 2006 affair with Trump and hush money that Cohen allegedly paid to silence her shortly before the 2016 election.

Speaking to reporters after the court hearing, Avenatti said Ryan's reference to the existence of audio tapes was a major revelation, and that he was certain some of those tapes relate to Daniels.

"As a result of our efforts, there was a shocking admission that was made in court today, namely, that just like the Nixon tapes, we now have what I will refer to as the Trump tapes", he said. "It's really not a good idea if are you going to do that, to record them with people that later become the president of the United States". ". 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". She said the material includes data from a video recorder.

During an April hearing, Wood sided with Cohen and appointed a special master to oversee the document review process, rather than have the team of government lawyers make privilege declarations.

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

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Investigators raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room on April 9 as part of a months-long criminal probe, it was later revealed, into Cohen's business practices.

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