Federal Bureau of Investigation recovers WhatApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry

Donald Trump said on Friday that Michael Cohen, now under investigation, is no longer his personal attorney.

Cohen filed for a restraining order Thursday because he says Avenatti is bad mouthing him, in general. and specifically, calling him a criminal who's about to be indicted.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump and Cohen and seeks to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement that she signed before the 2016 presidential election.

He is now seeking new attorneys, possibly to negotiate a plea deal with the government, multiple outlets reported this week.

The judge also admonished Cohen in a footnote, saying such requests "throw the system out of whack" by creating more work for the court, forcing adversaries to respond in a hurry and allowing some litigants to "cut in line" ahead of others.

And although Cohen has sent vague signals this week that he's ready to cooperate with federal prosecutors, the president insisted that his former attorney's decisions won't affect him.

He also said, "I always liked Michael".

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

Read the full report from CNN. US District Judge Kimba Wood had imposed a Friday deadline for Cohen's team to finish its review of roughly 2.4 million documents it had yet to sift through.

The attorney claims Avenatti's behavior and statements about Cohen are unethical and threatens Cohen's ability to have a fair trial as it's turning the case into a "media circus".

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".

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 at first denied the payment but later he and the POTUS acknowledged that Trump eventually paid back Cohen for personally taking care of the issue.

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

  • Joey Payne