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Are Avenatti's Cohen Revelations Helping Or Hurting Stormy's Case?

Are Avenatti's Cohen Revelations Helping Or Hurting Stormy's Case?

The transactions with companies such as telecoms giant AT&T and drug maker Novartis prompted derision from Michael Avenatti, lawyer for adult actress Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.

Tuesday is the deadline for Trump to file a financial disclosure form with the Office of Government Ethics, Time Magazine reports, where he may have to disclose reimbursement payments he made to Cohen after he paid $130,000 to Daniels to not talk about the affair ahead of the 2016 election.

Michael Avenatti said in court papers filed in federal court in NY that he had a First Amendment right to publish the information that was "of the utmost public concern".

"Mr. Avenatti's conduct in somehow obtaining random bank records and publishing them without proper concern for their accuracy is extremely troubling for the parties, in this case, the court, and the public", according to Cohen's filing.

"You seem to be painting a picture of Michael Cohen".

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Avenatti also went on the attack in his filing, saying that Cohen's objection to his pro hac vice application is nothing "but a highly improper attempt to soil Mr. Avenatti and unnecessarily lure and entangle this Court into Mr. Cohen's elaborate campaign to now discredit Mr. Avenatti". Avenatti is not licensed to practice law in NY, where the case is located, so he must file for pro hac vice admission, which is when the court allows an attorney to practice in the jurisdiction for that particular case.

"Michael Cohen would not know the truth if it fell out of the sky and landed on his head", Avenatti said. Avenatti has appeared on Fox News, a much less friendly network to him, only once. "Put this picture together for us", Tapper said.

"Tellingly, Mr. Cohen does not dispute any of these facts in his submission for one simple reason — he can't", Avenatti wrote. The payments were made by Columbus Nova, an American investment company, Avenatti alleges. Trump initially denied any knowledge of the payment to Cohen, but Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told the Wall Street Journal earlier this month that Trump had actually reimbursed Cohen for the payment in monthly installments of $35,000 throughout 2017.

"That Mr. Cohen may be dismayed that these damaging revelations have come to light and have been proven true does not come remotely close to justifying a denial of Mr. Avenatti's right to appear before this court", Avenatti said.