The feds have reconstructed the contents of one of Michael Cohen's shredders - 16 pages' worth - and extracted 731 pages of encrypted messages from his phones in their probe of the former President Trump lawyer, it was revealed Friday.
As CNN reported, Cohen has not yet met with prosecutors to discuss a possible deal, and is in the process of finding new lawyers who have closer connections with the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan.
At the time, prosecutors had not yet provided Cohen's lawyers with the reconstructed shredded documents or the encrypted messages. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.
"Mr. Avenatti either needs to respect and observe the Code of Professional Conduct [for lawyers] or remove himself from this case", Cohen's lawyer Brent Blakely said in an email.
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Michael Cohen and his attorney Thursday night asked a federal judge to issue an emergency gag order against Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, hoping to bar him from appearing on TV to advance his case.
The probe into Cohen stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between associates of Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 and that Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep the encounter secret, shortly before his election.
A judge Friday indicated no ruling would occur on the request before July.
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Cohen's current attorneys, Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison, will no longer represent him once the document review is complete, according to a source familiar with the matter, who cited concerns about payment of legal fees as one of the reasons for the change.
"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.
Those claims are "likely to result in Cohen being deprived of his right to a fair trial, and threatens to turn what should be a solemn Federal Court proceeding into a media circus", the motion said.
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