Federal prosecutors said in a Friday court filing that they had pieced together 16 pages' worth of content from President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen's paper shredder. "I mean, this is a search for the truth", Michael Avenatti said Friday in an interview with CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day". Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied election meddling.
However, Trump - who initially publicly denied knowledge of the payment - subsequently conceded that Cohen was reimbursed.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump announces North Dakota rally for June 27 Kim Kardashian on running for office: "Never say never" State Dept. warns Americans of terrorist threat at World Cup MORE's longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, was recognized on a NY street Friday by multiple passers-by, including one who labeled him as "that guy that's going to jail".
Prosecutors wrote that the shredded documents, encrypted messages and 315 megabytes of data from a Blackberry phone will be reviewed by June 25.
Cohen, who has been under criminal investigation for months, which is separate from the special counsel case, has been rushing to meet U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's New York properties and law office. "You have to understand, this stuff would've come out a long time ago".
The switch in legal team comes as Cohen's lawyers have until today to finish reviewing 3.7 million files seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid for attorney-client privilege.
Avenatti said he would respect the restraining order against him if it is granted, but he called the attempt "an attack on the First Amendment".
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Cohen is under criminal investigation by the USA attorney's office in Manhattan for his personal financial dealings, including the payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the election.
A lawyer for Cohen, Brent Blakely, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Daniels - real name Stephanie Clifford - is suing Trump and Cohen, to nullify a 2016 non-disclosure agreement preventing her from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump. The president has denied having sex with her.
Otero's order did not address the merits of whether a restraining order should be granted.
"Mr. Avenatti's actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity", it added.
Otero has scheduled a motions hearing in the case for June 21.