In a contentious 75-minute hearing, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood also rebuffed a bid from the high-profile lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels to participate in the case, telling Michael Avenatti he shouldn't use the court to launch a "publicity tour" against Cohen and Trump.
But it was Michael Avenatti, attorney for adult film actress Stephanie Clifford aka Stormy Daniels, who ended up taking up most of the time.
Hendon then blasted Avenatti's court filing stating that Egan Avenatti was not the law firm for Daniels' as "carefully constructed" and "misleading". If Cohen's team can not finish in time, the remaining documents would be turned over to a separate group government lawyers - known as a "taint team".
Wood was not persuaded, dismissing Cohen's concerns and those of an attorney for the Trump Organization who argued that a faster pace might degrade the review. Daniels has said the payment was meant to buy her silence about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump in 2006. Avenatti, they said, focused on "smearing" Cohen.
The judge set a deadline of June 15th for Cohen's lawyers to turn over materials they have received from the feds to a "special master" hired to determine which documents are privileged and therefore off limits to the feds.
Cohen's lawyer blasted Avenatti for publicly releasing Cohen's banking records, calling it "a premeditated driveby shooting of my client's rights".
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 USA companies lobbying the government, including AT&T and Novartis.
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Cohen's legal professionals mentioned they've about 3.7 million information to sift by, however they're exclusively a few third of the best way to completion.
Cohen has asked Wood to deny Avenatti permission to appear before the federal court, saying he violated court rules by making what he characterized as false statements about Cohen in frequent news media appearances.
When pressed by Tapper on why the American people should have access to Cohen's private conversations, Avenatti said, "I know for a fact that one or more of these conversations do describe things that are inappropriate".
On Tuesday night, the special master, Barbara S. Jones, reported to the judge that more than one million files from three of Mr. Cohen's cellphones would be turned over to the government on Wednesday after lawyers for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump had determined that they contained no privileged information.
Investigators raided Cohen's home, office and hotel room on April 9 as part of a months-long criminal probe, it was later revealed, into Cohen's business practices.
She said almost 300,000 items, including 12,543-pages of hard-copy documents in eight boxes, have already been turned over to prosecutors.
Ryan also said Avenatti had improperly acquired and released certain bank records related to Cohen's business dealings. 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.