Official says Cohen prosecutors will get phone contents soon

01 June, 2018, 20:13 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Feds will review more than 1M items in Cohen case

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film star Stephanie Clifford, has withdrawn his request to participate in Michael Cohen's case, after the judge in the case chastised him, saying that he'd have to stop his "publicity tour" first. He represents Daniels in a case concerning the actress' alleged 2006 affair with Trump and hush money that Cohen allegedly paid to silence her shortly before the 2016 election. According to The Wall Street Journal, Avenatti had also attempted to stop Daniels's former manager, Gina Rodriguez, from handing over any communications to the prosecutors handling the case until he had reviewed them himself.

Judge Wood had warned him about the "publicity tour", since he would be subject to NY laws and procedures if he were allowed on the case - meaning he'd have to pull back on his attacks against Cohen.

The hearing ended without Wood making a final decision on whether Avenatti would be allowed to appear.

Cohen has been under investigation for potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance law violations for months.

The stakes for the president are high.

CNN reported in April that Cohen frequently recorded phone conversations that were likely to have been swept up in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid, according to sources familiar with the matter.

In their initial request for a special master, Cohen's attorneys said thousands of the seized documents might be covered by attorney-client privilege.

Rachel Maimin, an assistant US attorney, said her office was still trying to access files from two Blackberry devices, which Cohen believed belonged to his wife almost a decade ago, and the contents of a shredding machine. Jones noted that so far, only 252 items had been flagged as privileged by attorneys for Trump or Cohen in two of the four sets of material she'd reviewed, and she said she expected to make a recommendation about those materials by Monday. "I had to send him home".

Liverpool shortlisted for new Channel 4 headquarters
The national headquarters or creative hub shortlist is Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Greater Manchester, Leeds , Liverpool and the West Midlands.

The June 15 deadline to review documents seized from Cohen was a month sooner than Cohen's lawyers had wanted.

Jones, a retired judge who served on the federal bench for 16 years in the Southern District of NY, is a former organized-crime prosecutor who was chief assistant to Robert M. Morgenthau, a longtime Manhattan district attorney.

After some consultation with Cohen, Harrison told the judge that he could not because the Blackberries were roughly eight years old and that one or both may have been Cohen's wife.

Ryan has also raised Avenatti's own legal issues, most recently a $10 million judgment against one of his firms, Eagan Avenatti, by a federal bankruptcy judge in California. Ryan protested that the barrage was improper, saying Avenatti was on television at least 170 times, mostly to badmouth Cohen. Ryan said, "Candidly, he shouldn't be asking us to answer questions; he should be asked to answer questions". He meant to prejudice and cause harm, and he did.

"As a result of our efforts, there was a shocking admission that was made in court today, namely, that just like the Nixon tapes, we now have what I will refer to as the Trump tapes", he said.

"It's important for the court to balance the slow, deliberate needs of those who are asserting attorney-client privilege", Wood said, "with the needs for an investigation to go forward".

"The irony of that, your honor, is fairly palpable", Avenatti said. Avenatti had accused Cohen's attorneys of leaking a recording to the press, during which Cohen is speaking with Clifford's former attorney Keith Davidson. "My client's voice is not on the tapes, to the best of our knowledge".


  • Spanish PM Rajoy is booted out of office

    Spanish PM Rajoy is booted out of office

    Mr Rajoy is the first prime minister in modern Spanish history to be defeated in a no-confidence motion. Sanchez won the no-confidence vote with 180 votes, a slim majority in the 350-seat lower house.
    Spain: The rise and fall of Mariano Rajoy

    Spain: The rise and fall of Mariano Rajoy

    Market-friendly Ciudadanos, leading in the national opinion polls, was the only major party that supported Rajoy. The Socialists tabled the no-confidence vote last week after 29 former members of the ruling Popular Party...

    OECD expects global economy to grow 3.8 pct in 2018

    In terms of investment, the global body said that, after four years of decrease, it will return to growth for 4.5 percent in 2018. In the United States, growth would accelerate by 2.9 percent in 2018, then inch down to 2.8 percent in 2019, it said.
  • Cleveland DB promises free jerseys if Cavs win

    Cleveland DB promises free jerseys if Cavs win

    Randall, who has more than 133,000 Twitter followers, admitted he thought the tweet would receive a maximum of 100 retweets. The post Browns player will buy jerseys for every retweet if Cavs win the title appeared first on Cavs Nation .
    Chelsea likely to sell Courtois

    Chelsea likely to sell Courtois

    Chelsea FC are prepared to sell Thibaut Courtois and sign Liverpool FC target Alisson Becker, according to a report in Italy . The Brazilian is expected to command a fee of around £60million with Liverpool and Real Madrid also interested.
    Lava from Kilauea ‘hotter than ever’ after eruption, scientists warn

    Lava from Kilauea ‘hotter than ever’ after eruption, scientists warn

    People who ignore mandatory evacuation orders do so at their own risk and are under threat of arrest. Some 71 homes have been destroyed by lava since the first outbreak happened almost four weeks ago.
  • Feud between Pusha-T and Drake escalates with latest track

    Feud between Pusha-T and Drake escalates with latest track

    Pusha T sidelines the drug dealer talk and multi-millions talk and resorts to unveiling strictly facts on the new diss track . But he maintained the image wasn't doctored, and was from an actual Drake photo shoot done by photographer David Leyes .
    US  stocks jump as worries about Italy ease; oil prices climb

    US stocks jump as worries about Italy ease; oil prices climb

    The Shanghai Composite index rebounded 1.8 percent to 3,095.47 and Australia's S&P ASX 200 climbed 0.5 percent to 6,011.90. ENERGY: U.S. crude oil fell 27 cents to $66.46 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
    Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1

    Stephen Curry Speaks Highly of LeBron James Ahead of Game 1

    Former NBA referee Steve Javie broke down the play after the game on "SportsCenter", making clear just how close the call was. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our ass off, man, it ain't right.
  • United Kingdom  researchers first to 3D-print human corneas

    United Kingdom researchers first to 3D-print human corneas

    The innovative thing about them, however, is the material used for 3D printing, a special "bio-ink" created from stem cells. They combine unique printing techniques, cornea stem cells and a new bio ink to create corneas in just 10 minutes.
    Pret A Manger Stores Sold

    Pret A Manger Stores Sold

    Pret's serves sandwiches, salads and wraps that are prepared daily in the company's shop kitchens. In 2017, the company said it gave away 3.4 million food items.
    National Donut Day 2018: Free doughnuts and other deals happening June 1

    National Donut Day 2018: Free doughnuts and other deals happening June 1

    No, this is not a joke, the first of June celebrates Salvation Army members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Duffy's Sports Grill: Free order of Red Velvet Mini Donuts per table at Miami Beach and Kendall locations .


Fed says Deutsche, NYC’s most active CRE lender, is "troubled"
As a result of the Fed downgrade , the bank has had to seek approval from the feds on hiring, firing and even employee transfers. We have reduced risks by billions of euros, we have strengthened capital and we have reorganised our bank.

European Shares To Open On Subdued Note Amid Italy Worries
Adding to heightened geopolitical uncertainty, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a vote of confidence on Friday. United States crude oil fell 25 cents to $66.50 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Roseanne Barr Says She 'Begged' ABC Not to Cancel Her Show
Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real. And I know so many people who have mixed families". On the end of the series: "It had to happen".

LeBron James scores 51 points but Warriors beat Cavs in game one
The Cavaliers were a mess after Smith's gaffe and the Warriors rolled in overtime on their way to a 124-114 win. George Hill was fouled with 4.7 seconds remaining in the game and the Warriors clinging to a one-point lead.

Study puts Puerto Rico hurricane deaths at 4,645
Chan School of Public Health didn't simply attempt to count dead bodies in the wake of the powerful storm. The official death toll in Puerto Rico related to Hurricane Maria has always been a controversial topic.

Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Who Pleaded Guilty To Campaign Finance Fraud
D'Souza will be the latest in a string of high-profile recipients of pardons that Trump has offered since taking office. Trump's allies that they will be rewarded for loyalty amid special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Zinedine Zidane steps down as Real Madrid coach
Rodriguez left Real Madrid for Bayern Munich 12 months ago and blossomed as the club eased to the Bundesliga title. Resolving the futures of Gareth Bale and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be priorities for the new boss.

Israel's Lieberman in Moscow for Syria talks
Assad vowed to claw back areas of Syria held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish militia. The agreement envisages Iranian forces pulling out from the entire area and Syrian rebels there surrendering heavy weapons.

US search firm to end MH370 hunt in 'coming days'
The hunt for the missing plane formed one of the largest surface and underwater searches in aviation history. Ocean Infinity didn't rule out the possibility of resuming its search for MH370 in the future.

Shahid Afridi to lead ICC World XI in his last int'l match
England internationals Sam Curran and Tymal Mills have also been added to the squad, increasing the roster to 14 members. Eoin Morgan was named as the captain of the World XI side for the match against West Indies on May 31st at the Lord's.