Trump distances self from Michael Cohen as raided docs are analyzed

Posted June 16, 2018

She notes that her husband is now being represented by a team of eight attorneys in the case being held in Travis County, Texas, with one of his lawyers being Wallace B. Jefferson, a former chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

Barbara Jones, the retired judge who was named special master in the case, cited the "substantial progress and diligent effort" by lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the president's company, the Trump Organization, in reviewing the documents.

Cohen is the focus of an investigation in the Southern District of NY into whether he violated campaign-finance laws or committed bank fraud, wire fraud, illegal lobbying, or other crimes.

"No, he's not my lawyer anymore, but I always liked Michael".

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied interference.

At the time, prosecutors had not yet provided Cohen's lawyers with reconstructed shredded documents or the encrypted messages. During an impromptu Q-and-A session with reporters outside the White House, the president was asked whether Cohen was still his lawyer. The lawyers designate material they believe is protected by attorney-client privilege or that includes highly personal information, such as medical records.

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer is seeking a restraining order to bar the attorney for adult-film star Stephanie Clifford from talking to the press or public about her lawsuit against Trump and Cohen.

Brent Blakely, an attorney for Cohen, argues in court documents filed in Los Angeles that Avenatti has tainted the case with a "publicity tour" that included over 100 television interviews in the last three months and that he's "mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity".

Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti.

In the footnote of the order, the judge admonished Cohen's team for filing the emergency request. "This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump", he added.

Prosecutors in NY said in a court filing later Friday that they are still processing material seized from Cohen in an April raid. "Mr. Cohen. can't deal with the truth, the facts, and the law, so they have to resort to unethical, meritless motions".

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