Both Wood and the government want that process to speed up, and Wood sided with the government in setting a June 15 deadline for the review's completion.
Attorneys for President Donald Trump's longtime private lawyer Michael Cohen are racing to assessment hundreds of thousands of information seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in final month's raids of his dwelling, workplace and resort room, however they are saying they're operating out of time. The special master has also received documents from mobile storage devices, three computers, two phones, CDs found in those eight boxes, a video recorder, and electronic images.
The lawyers said it will take until mid-July to finish their review.
Michael Avenatti, the relentlessly media-savvy attorney for the pornographic film director and actress Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels), wasn't his usual ebullient self Wednesday morning at Manhattan's Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse.
After the hearing, Avenatti withdrew his motion to appear in the case but could file another in the future. 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. When Cohen and Trump claim a document as privileged, Jones will review the claim and recommend to the court whether she believes it falls under such privilege and may be excluded from any potential prosecution. Avenatti also said his firm's bankruptcy woes were irrelevant to the matter before the court and that said firm-Eagan Avenatti-had nothing to do with Daniels or her case.
Of the material seized from Cohen's home, hotel and office in April, only two old Blackberry phones and the contents of a shredder have yet to be turned over to Cohen's lawyers, prosecutors said.
"There's no evidence we did anything improper", he said. He also pointed out the extensive publicity and harsh commentary made by Trump, as well as the president's own encounters in bankruptcy court.
In response, Cohen's attorney said he was unaware of the release of any audio file, noting that if it had been released, they would be "everywhere" and that "if" the audio files existed, they would be "under lock and key at my law firm".
Matching Avenatti's flare for the dramatic, Ryan noted that he's never opposed a motion of this nature in his 37 years of practice, but he did so on Wednesday because of Avenatti's "intentional, malicious, and prejudicial release of information" which amounted to a "drive-by shooting" of his client.
Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, responded to the filing on Twitter, saying that Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer, "will do anything and everything to distract away from the serious charges he will likely face and the complicity of Mr. Trump". This material, she said, would be turned over to Cohen's team as soon as possible.
While Avenatti commanded most of the court's attention, the government and Cohen's attorneys did update the court on their progress.
Wood said Cohen's wish to methodologically sort through potentially privileged documents needed to be balanced with "the need for the investigation to go forward". Avenatti's firm holds a 75 percent stake in Eagan-Avenatti while Michael Eagan holds a 25 percent stake in said firm, according to documents obtained by Finnegan.