Cohen prosecutors soon to get contents of 3 phones

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The lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels had been trying to join the criminal case in NY against Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of NY was originally scheduled as a check-in on the privilege review process being handled by attorneys for Michael Cohen.

One of Cohen's attorneys, Stephen Ryan, claimed Avenatti had committed a "drive-by shooting" against the president's old "fixer" when he released "Suspicious Activity Reports" earlier this month that detailed monies paid to Cohen's shell company, Essential Consultants, for advice on how to lobby Trump.

Avenatti's actions have frustrated prosecutors, but have yet to see any discrediting information that could stop the investigation.

The first date bill in the invoice is April 24, two days before Wood named Jones during a hearing as special master to review material seized by the government for potential privilege issues. He said this was "very surprising and disturbing to me" as an attorney for Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. If you participate here, you would not be able to declare your opinion as to Mr. Cohen's guilt, which you did; you would not be able to give publicity to documents that are not public.

Daniels, who was not in court Wednesday, got a $130,000 payment from Cohen before the election in exchange for not speaking about an alleged sexual encounter with the president in 2006.

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 has not taken the steps to waive the attorney-client privilege so investigators can interview Daniels's former lawyer Keith Davidson, The Wall Street Journal reported. 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.

"It's important for the court to balance the slow, deliberate needs of those asserting attorney-client privilege with the need for an investigation to go forward", Wood said.

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A court date was set for June 6, though Dicht said it will probably be rescheduled for an unknown date. Weinman's arrest and the way the officers handled the situation remains under investigation.

In their letter Tuesday night, Cohen's attorneys also pointed to a tweet from Avenatti about Cohen's finances and to a recent bankruptcy court decision against Avenatti's law firm.

"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.

Federal prosecutors additionally revealed for the primary time that among the many objects seized Cohen final months was a shredding machine, the contents of that are among the many exclusively objects that the federal government has not but turned over to the particular grasp or Cohen's authorized workforce.

Lawyers for Cohen don't want him involved. She said she had not received productions related to three seized items and did not know when to expect them.

"Lawerence, this is pathetic", Avenatti said.

In court, Ryan denied that Cohen's lawyers gave recordings to a reporter, saying that if any did exist pertaining to Daniels, they were "under lock and key", controlled by his law firm, the Trump Organization or the president.

The president filed a financial disclosure earlier this month which included confirmation that he reimbursed Cohen for unspecified "expenses" - apparently the payment to Daniels. 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".

"Sooner rather than later that is going to have to be teed-up", he told Wood.