Judge sets deadline for privilege search in Cohen case

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The invoice ends on April 30, the same day as a scheduled meeting with the parties involved in the suit, including Cohen and the government, but also attorneys for President Donald Trump, for whom Cohen worked as a personal lawyer, and the Trump Organization, both of which Wood has allowed into the case as intervenors.

The attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, is back in the news this week claiming a Wall Street Journal article Monday is not true.

Ryan further argued that Avenatti should be barred from the proceedings by pointing out that Avenatti's former law firm was ordered by a bankruptcy court last week to pay $10m to a former partner.

"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.

Wood told Cohen's team to complete its work by 15 June. Davidson represented Clifford when she received $130,000 from Cohen in October 2016 for, she claims, silence over an alleged sexual tryst with Trump in 2006.

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. Avenatti, they said, focused on "smearing" Cohen.

After the hearing, Avenatti withdrew his motion to appear in the case, but he could file another in the future. He accused Cohen's lawyers of leaking the audio. By Ryan's count, Avenatti made at least 170 TV appearances and Ryan said he attacked Cohen in majority.

Cohen's team further claimed that Avenatti's release of financial documents revealing Cohen was paid by major USA companies and foreign governments for consulting services should also bar him from the case. He said he was unperturbed by Woods' assessment, and had no plans to change his strategy.

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"Any media report citing "unnamed sources" (and not a single document) suggesting we are delaying the investigation into Mr. [Michael] Cohen and [President Donald J. Trump] is completely false and without basis", he tweeted Tuesday morning.

Upon leaving the courthouse in lower Manhattan, Cohen - who also has the Fox TV star Sean Hannity as a client - did not reply to a shouted question about whether he meant to cooperate with prosecutors.

"He's now just admitted, and he tripped himself up, he's just admitted that, in fact, Michael Cohen represented him in connection with the Stormy Daniels situation", he said of the president's comment.

"What stands out to me is how very few of the items reviewed were even designated privileged by Cohen and Trump", Roland Riopelle, a partner at Sercarz & Riopelle who was formerly a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, told Business Insider.

The primary subject of the hearing Wednesday was a review of files and phone data taken from Michael Cohen, pictured, as part of an investigation of his personal business affairs.

"Not even the same firm in the case", he said.

Cohen's attorneys have earlier expressed their desire for Avenatti to not be admitted into the case, which he is seeking to do on Daniels' behalf.

The issue was among several slated to come up in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan, who is also expected to get an update on a review of materials federal agents seized in the April raids.