Trump Distances Self from Cohen as Raided Docs Are Analyzed

Saul Bowman
June 18, 2018

"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.

It's the latest in the drip, drip, drip of bad news for Cohen, Trump's one-time consiglieri, who according to CNN and other news reports, is considering a plea deal to avoid prosecution in the case.

Daniels and her attorney Michael Avenatti have alleged that the payment, made shortly before the November 2016 presidential election, was hush money to keep her from publicly talking about a sexual tryst she had with Trump in 2006.

Prosecutors in NY said in a court filing later Friday that they are still processing material seized from Cohen in an April raid.

The switch in legal team comes as Cohen's lawyers have until today to finish reviewing 3.7 million files seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid for attorney-client privilege. "I haven't spoken to Michael in a long time".

Earlier this week, it was reported that Cohen planned to find new lawyers - preferably recent federal prosecutors in Manhattan themselves - to represent him as the criminal probe continues.

Prosecutors agreed to extend that deadline by 10 days, if the judge approves.

Investigators obtained two BlackBerry phones during the April 9 raid on Cohen's apartment, office and the hotel room where he had been staying with his family during renovations of their home.

Avenatti said he would respect the restraining order against him if it is granted, but he called the attempt "an attack on the First Amendment".

"No, he's not my lawyer", the president responded.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, on May 30.

At the center of Cohen's troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment that he facilitated to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women during the April raids. The president has denied having sex with Daniels. He gave Avenatti until June 25 to formally respond.

"Filing cites Avenatti's 'unquenchable thirst for publicity'".

The case is Clifford v Trump et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-02217.

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