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Michael Avenatti Just Went Nuclear on 'Radioactive' Michael Cohen

17 April 2018

Monday's hearing began with an appearance by porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was swarmed by photographers and almost fell as she was hustled into the courthouse.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has come to represent a sort of female antihero in the ongoing saga that has underscored the current administration.

Prosecutors have asked that the seized documents be reviewed for attorney-client privilege by a "filter team" of lawyers within their own office, who would be walled off from the main prosecution team.

Porn actress Stormy Daniels, accompanied by her attorney, Michael Avenatti, right, talks to the media as she leaves federal court, Monday, April 16, 2018 in NY.

Hendon proposed yet another level of protections, in which Cohen's lawyers, after finishing their initial review, would then be required to "identify to the president all seized materials that relate to him in any way and provide a copy of those materials to him and his counsel".

Joanna Hendon appeared for the president at Friday's hearing, telling Mr Wood that Trump had "an acute interest" in the handling of the seized materials. On the one hand, she's a proud porn star who willingly and ably engaged in a sexual relationship with Trump, who she says discussed giving her a spot on The Celebrity Apprentice.

Judge Wood, though, demanded the name.

"Hi everyone. So for years, Mr. Cohen has acted like he is above the law, he has considered himself and openly referred to himself as Mr. Trump's fixer".

However, though Avenatti said Daniels's presence at the court had nothing to do with making an impact on Cohen psychologically, he tweeted on Sunday morning a scene from the film "The Godfather II" where a Mafia turncoat retracted his testimony after mafia boss Michael Corleone brought the former's own brother with him to watch the court proceedings.

Federal agents raided Cohen's office, home and hotel room last week and reportedly seized financial documents, communications between Cohen and Trump and materials related to payments Cohen made to two women, including Daniels, who alleged they had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.

Court papers filed by Robert Khuzami, the deputy U.S. attorney in Manhattan, are redacted making it unclear the alleged criminal conduct for which the 51-year-old Cohen is being investigated.

The hearing is taking place in federal court in Manhattan.

In a filing earlier Monday, Cohen's lawyers said investigators "took everything" during raids last week on his residence and office.

His lawyers want to be allowed to decide which items seized are protected by attorney-client privilege before criminal prosecutors see them. Her lawyer says she'll be in the courtroom Monday. Prosecutors say Cohen is being investigated for an undisclosed crime related to his personal business dealings.

A lawyer for Trump filed papers late Sunday asking a federal judge to block prosecutors from studying material seized in the raid until Cohen and the president have a chance to review them and argue which are subject to attorney-client privilege.

Michael Cohen is under criminal investigation for personal business dealings and was ordered to appear in federal court Monday in NY to help answer questions about his law practice.

The raid sought information including on a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who alleges she had sex with a married Trump in 2006.

Michael Avenatti Just Went Nuclear on 'Radioactive' Michael Cohen