Stormy's lawyer ends bid for role in Cohen case

Investigators to review more than 1 million items seized from Cohen

Investigators to review more than 1 million items seized from Cohen

"When you get into it, you realize how much time it takes", said Alan Futerfas, who represents the Trump Organization, referring to Cohen's team's work.

Wood appointed Barbara Jones, a former federal judge, as special master to go over the documents before they are turned over to federal prosecutors.

At Wednesday's hearing, Wood set a June 15 deadline for Cohen's and Trump's lawyers to identify materials seized in April raids on his home, office and hotel room, which they say prosecutors can not use by prosecutors because the materials are subject to attorney-client privilege.

"For a person who claims to be a lawyer, the minuscule amount of allegedly privileged matter is surprising, and what it tells us is that Cohen wasn't acting as a lawyer very often", Riopelle said.

Avenatti told Wood he did not release anything improper about Cohen, who has not been charged with a crime.

He previously filed a motion to weigh in on this case, too. He retracted the request after a federal judge warned him to end the "publicity tour" that has made him a recent fixture on cable TV news. But during a feisty hearing Wednesday, federal Judge Kimba Wood said the lawyer - who has been a fixture on CNN and other outlets - would have to first stop his "publicity tour".

The possibility of tapes in Cohen's position, and their alleged leaking, were part of the reason Clifford was seeking intervenor status in the case, according to Avenatti. Avenatti has taken to Twitter in current weeks to accuse each Cohen and Trump of varied types of corruption unrelated to the civil case Daniels filed towards Trump in California, and he has sought to intervene within the federal case towards Cohen in NY whereas utilizing courtroom appearances to proceed his public campaign towards them.

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Additional electronic data from the contents of other telephones and digital devices were produced by the government for study by Jones and lawyers for Cohen and Trump on May 11, and Jones said the three telephones that produced the more than million pieces of data were from that shipment.

When pressed by Tapper on why the American people should have access to Cohen's private conversations, Avenatti said, "I know for a fact that one or more of these conversations do describe things that are inappropriate".

One of Cohen's attorneys, Stephen Ryan, claimed Avenatti had committed a "drive-by shooting" against the president's old "fixer" when he released "Suspicious Activity Reports" earlier this month that detailed monies paid to Cohen's shell company, Essential Consultants, for advice on how to lobby Trump. The next court date in his case is set for Wednesday morning. By Ryan's count, Avenatti made at least 170 TV appearances and Ryan said he attacked Cohen in a lot of them.

This story was updated to include Avenatti's withdrawl from Cohen's case.

Avenatti snapped at her, saying her client, the president, has tweeted and spoken about this case in the media in great detail.

He said that Ryan "admitted that there are audio recordings that Michael Cohen was taking for years, and that those recordings are, to quote him, 'not only do they exist, but they are under lock and key, ' and some of them relate to my client and her attorney-client privilege communications".

The exchange ended with Trump's lawyer, Joanna Hendon, passing up a manilla folder to the judge that she said included evidence that Avenatti lied when said in a court filing that law firm Egan Avenatti never represented Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

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