Cohen Probe Restores Shredded Documents, Encrypted Messages

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"I haven't spoken to Michael in a long time", the president told reporters outside of the White House.

In Friday's court filing, prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY said that one of the devices contained approximately 315 megabytes of data.

The prosecutors also said they had reconstructed 16 pages from the contents of a shredding machine taken during raids on Cohen's home, office and hotel room in April.

Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels in separate civil litigation against Cohen and Trump, on Friday tweeted that the encrypted messages and reconstructed documents "could pose a huge problem for Mr. Cohen and ultimately Mr. Trump". Cohen has until June 25 to review the materials and make any claims of attorney-client privilege; after that, any messages he claims are protected will be reviewed by the Special Master, retired federal judge Barbara Jones.


He noted that U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood, who is deciding which files seized from Cohen can be reviewed by prosecutors in a criminal probe into his business dealings, recently admonished Avenatti not to use her Manhattan courtroom in connection with a "publicity tour".

Avenatti responded to the judge's decision, telling Law&Crime, "The Court rightfully shot down the request for emergency relief because it was baseless".

According to CNN, Cohen would do so both to relieve pressure on himself and because he's wounded that President Trump and his allies have minimized Cohen's relationship with Trump in dismissive public comments.

Cohen wants to hire a lawyer who has a relationship with the US prosecutor's office in Manhattan, the source added.


Otero did not decide whether a restraining order should eventually be granted.

This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his application directly with the court; in ex parte applications, if the judge grants the requested order, it is on a temporary basis until both sides can be heard at a hearing on the matter.

The cases is Clifford v. Trump, 18-cv-2217, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).


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