U.S. President Donald Trump is distancing himself from attorney Michael Cohen, who is facing an FBI investigation of his business dealings.
In May, he withdrew a petition to participate in a separate proceeding involving Trump and Cohen after U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood told him that his "publicity tour" was incompatible with giving Cohen a fair trial in her court.
They also said they had recovered the equivalent of more than 700 pages of encrypted messages sent by secure applications on Cohen's devices. The lawyers designate material they believe is protected by attorney-client privilege or that includes highly personal information, such as medical records.
The probe has taken a toll on Cohen, who has expressed worries about the financial burden of mounting a legal defense against federal prosecutors with extensive resources, according to a friend who spoke with Cohen in the past few days. Trump has denied her allegations.
The deadline extension comes as Cohen, under severe financial pressure, has made a decision to split with his current team and hire new lawyers, according to a person familiar with the case.
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I can't take it anymore, I need to tell the people that I want to stay", he said. He has cooled me because it was very hot". "It's incredible.
"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", Wood said at the hearing.
Cohen filed for a restraining order late Thursday against Avenatti to prevent him from speaking to the press about the adult film star's lawsuit against Trump and Cohen, which aims to nullify a 2016 hush agreement over an alleged affair between her and Trump.
As the reporter continued to press Trump on whether he was anxious about Cohen flipping on him, Trump pushed back. Cohen's lawyers initially suggested that "thousands, if not millions" of privileged documents had been seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.
The criminal probe into Cohen's business dealings stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the USA presidential election.
Judge James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California set a briefing for later this month, after which he'll make a final decision on the restraining order request.