Michael Avenatti isn't ready to give up the green room for the courtroom just yet.
NEW YORK-A federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday ordered lawyers for Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime fixer, to complete within two weeks their review of a huge trove of documents and data that the FBI seized from him last month and that prosecutors are eager to use in their continuing investigation of Cohen.
If he were allowed to represent his client before the court, Avenatti would have to stop his "publicity tour"-Wood said the term was not meant "in degradation", but as something he was able to do now, but which he wouldn't should he get to participate in the matter before her".
The show, it appears, will go on. He noted Avenatti's release of Cohen's leaked banking information, which showed hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments from companies with business before the US government and an investment firm tied to a Russian oligarch.
But he withdrew the request after a court hearing Wednesday in NY in which a judge told him that while he is free to speak out now, he would have to end his "publicity tour on TV and elsewhere" if he entered the case.
Cohen, who has not been charged with a crime, is under investigation on suspicion of campaign-finance violations and bank fraud.
Prosecutors reportedly believe Avenatti is "stringing them along", according to the Journal's sources, a claim Avenatti denied Monday, adding a claim Davidson is "conspiring behind her back with Mr. Cohen", per the report.
In addition to his frequent appearances on cable news, Avenatti drove headlines three weeks ago when he tweeted information alleging Cohen had received payments of over $500,000 from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch and US companies lobbying the government, including AT&T and Novartis.
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Clifford's request to intervene is being held in abeyance at the request of the government and with Avenatti's consent. Earlier this month, Cohen's lawyers wrote that Avenatti had created a "carnival atmosphere" and should not be allowed into the NY court.
The "bravery" of adult film star Stormy Daniels (above) is the reason other women are coming forward with similar stories about Donald Trump, Michael Avenatti says. According to Avenatti, a reporter recently asked him to comment on tapes purportedly between Cohen and Clifford's previous counsel, Keith Davidson, in which Davidson is unwittingly being recorded discussing privileged information about his client with Cohen.
As part of the probe, federal agents seized Cohen's records and documents on April 9, prompting a legal fight over who would get access to the materials and when.
Avenatti's client, Daniels, received that hush-money payment from Cohen in exchange for her silence regarding a 2006 affair she alleged having with Trump.
The raids on Cohen were triggered in part by a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who separately is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Prior to the release of the disclosure, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News that Trump reimbursed Cohen the $130,000 he paid to Daniels.
During the hearing Wednesday, Judge Kimba Wood had told Avenatti he could only have a formal role the case if he stopped publicly denouncing Trump's lawyer in the media because doing so could potentially taint the jury's views in a trial.
Cohen's attorneys said the BlackBerries were at least eight years old and were unlikely to be useful in the case.