Cohen Files Restraining Order Against Avenatti

Michael Cohen asks judge to stop Michael Avenatti from talking about him to press and Twitter

Cohen wants an immediate restraining order barring Avenatti from talking about him or the case. The prosecutors said in their filing in Manhattan federal court that they had turned the materials over to Cohen's lawyers, who are expected to review them by June 25.

Trump also called Cohen "a fine person with a wonderful family" and 'a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected'.

Avenatti has "repeatedly denigrated Mr. Cohen, predicted that Mr. Cohen would be indicted for bank fraud, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, and accused Mr. Cohen of hiring a 'thug" to allegedly threaten Ms. Clifford, ' the filing said.

He wrote that Times reporters were 'going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will "flip"'.

"This is the worst move the White House could be making at a time when the president is potentially most vulnerable and others are most vulnerable", a lawyer close to the case told CBS News.

A judge had set Friday as a deadline for Cohen's lawyers to identify documents they believe are protected by attorney-client privilege.

Federal prosecutors investigating U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen have extracted more than 700 pages of messages sent using encrypted programs like WhatsApp and Signal on phones seized from Cohen, according to a court filing on Friday.

"As this Court has probably already surmised, Mr. Avenatti's actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity", the motion said.

Cohen attempted to argue that Avenatti's media appearances could jeopardize his chances at a fair trial.

In a new court filing from the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday, it has now become clear why: Investigators have uncovered a large trove of documents and data that Cohen appears to have kept hidden.

Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. Any items they were unable to review, Judge Wood said, would be turned over to an independent government "taint team" to complete the examination of the files.

"For over 12 yrs, Mr. Cohen and his boss Mr. Trump have routinely tried to "shut people up" and hide the truth through intimidation & threats".

A separate hearing in Daniels' case is scheduled for June 21.

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