Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Judge: No immediate restraining order against Avenatti

Judge: No immediate restraining order against Avenatti

President Donald Trump 's former longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had been letting family and friends know he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators in NY probing him, CNN reported Friday, citing a source.

Cohen's attorney, Brent Blakely, argues that Avenatti is "mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity".

Cohen had requested the gag order Thursday to prevent Avenatti from speaking publicly about the case.

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The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don't speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will "flip".

The attorney claims Avenatti's behavior and statements about Cohen are unethical and threatens Cohen's ability to have a fair trial as it's turning the case into a "media circus".

It's unclear when exactly Cohen stopped being the president's lawyer. "Is this ok? Will the media permit it?"

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Avenatti described the motion for the gag order as a "complete joke and baseless". They want to hide the truth from the American people because Mr. Cohen and Mr. Blakely believe that conspiracy and cover-up are acceptable. "This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump", he added.

"U.S. District Judge James Otero said Cohen had not shown he would suffer "immediate, irreparable injury" absent emergency relief against Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti", Reuters reports.

Cohen's associates say that in recent days he has become increasingly irritated by statements made in the media by the president's lawyer in the Russian Federation investigation, Rudy Giuliani.

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