Stormy Daniels's lawyer defends release of Cohen Bank data

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the White House South Lawn after a trip to Cleveland Ohio

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at the White House South Lawn after a trip to Cleveland Ohio

Lashing out at efforts by embattled Trump attorney Michael Cohen to bar him from the NY federal court overseeing the criminal probe of Cohen, Stormy Daniels' lawyer said Monday he's done nothing that should keep him from a court he's already practiced in twice before.

Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti has made a name for himself while criticizing the actions of President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen, who arranged a nondisclosure agreement for Daniels, but an email sent by Avenatti suggests he took a page out of their playbook. One of those companies, AT&T, had gone so far as to acknowledge the hiring of Cohen was "a big mistake", Avenatti noted. Meanwhile, things that were accurate involved private financial information that Avenatti shouldn't have even possessed let alone made public, Cohen said.

Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti's personal media crusade is paying off.

In the filing in New York, Avenatti responded to claims from Cohen's attorneys that Avenatti spread false information, and had no right to publicize his bank records.

But Avenatti's revelations left some legal observers wondering what exactly they have to do with his efforts to free Daniels from the non-disclosure deal she says was improperly executed, or to intervene in the criminal proceedings against Cohen now underway in Manhattan.

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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". Furthermore, Avenatti said he had a First Amendment right to publish the report about Cohen.

Avenatti said Cohen's belief that Avenatti broke the law by publishing Cohen's banking information is misguided.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is overseeing the federal investigation into Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, barred all parties involved in her case from making "statements to the media or in public settings" a year ago in order to avoid influencing a jury with pretrial publicity.

During a hearing earlier this month, Avenatti told Wood he would seek to have Clifford intervene in the proceedings, stating that potentially privileged communications between her former attorney, Keith Davidson, and Cohen may be among those seized by the government.

In an interview with MSNBC Monday, Avenatti said he released the information about Cohen because "people should have the truth, the whole truth". "They should get used to it, 'cause we're not changing".

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