Federal Bureau of Investigation has obtained encrypted messages from Michael Cohen’s phones: Prosecutors

Stormy's lawyer uses prop in Cohen debate

Trump told reporters at the White House Friday that he likes Cohen but hasn't spoken to him in a long time.

"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. "And I think he's a good person", he said.

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Politico last month that Cohen was not representing Trump, following an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid in April on Cohen's home, office and hotel room.

In a Thursday night filing, Blakely said Avenatti had discussed the Daniels case in at least 121 television appearances and 439 tweets, threatening to turn it into a "media circus" and deprive Cohen of his right to a fair trial.

Cohen's home, office, and hotel room were raided in April by federal prosecutors investigating possible wire fraud and campaign finance crimes related to a $130,000 payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels. At a May 30 court hearing, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood gave Cohen's and Trump's lawyers until Friday to finish reviewing the documents they had received from prosecutors. But I've always liked Michael.

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.

Daniels filed a separate defamation suit against Trump in NY, alleging the president libeled her by saying she lied about a man who allegedly threatened her to keep her quiet about her alleged relationship with Trump.

Cohen had sought to delay the legal fight after his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in April.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen and Trump to get out of an agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 USA not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump.

According to the report, Barbara Jones, the retired judge selected to oversee the document review process, submitted a recommendation to the judge overseeing the case, setting a new deadline of June 25.

Judge James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California set a briefing for later this month, after which he'll make a final decision on the restraining order request.

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