Cohen Probe Restores Shredded Documents, Encrypted Messages

Michael Cohen Requests Court Order Forcing Stormy Daniels' Attorney to Shut Up

Cohen, who has worked closely with Trump for decades, has not yet reached out to prosecutors to strike a deal, according to CNN's source.

Michael Cohen paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels right before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen worked with Trump for a decade and is the focus of a criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors.

"Given the lack of rigor with which Mr. Cohen apparently conducted himself, I shudder to think what was so sensitive that even Michael Cohen thought, 'I better shred this, '" Epner said. Trump has denied her allegations.

"The statement by the USAO that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has recovered 16 pages of shredded documents and 731 encrypted messages may be ominous for Michael Cohen", Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant United States attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider. Cohen has until June 25 to review the materials and make any claims of attorney-client privilege; after that, any messages he claims are protected will be reviewed by the Special Master, retired federal judge Barbara Jones.

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

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In a post to Twitter, attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents Stormy Daniels in her suit against Cohen over a nondisclosure agreement regarding her alleged sexual encounters with Donald Trump, crowed about the new evidence.

In a free-wheeling interview Friday on the White House's north lawn, the president said he's not anxious about the prospects that Cohen will cooperate.

'Mr. Avenatti's actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity, ' it added. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his application directly with the court; in ex parte applications, if the judge grants the requested order, it is on a temporary basis until both sides can be heard at a hearing on the matter.

Avenatti has slammed Cohen's move in a series of tweets, calling it the Trump administration's latest "gag order" in their regular routine to "shut people up and hide the truth through intimidation and threats".

Cohen was granted a 90-days delay of the case by a federal judge in April amid his other problems, including the FBI raid of his home and office.

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