Michael Cohen’s Gag Request Denied By Judge; A Big Win For Michael Avenatti
Michael Cohen’s request for an emergency gag order has been denied. Trump’s “fixer” requested the order against Michael Avenatti’s client, adult-film star Stormy Daniels.
The request, filed on Thursday, sought to keep Avenatti from speaking to the press about Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Trump and Cohen.
Stephanie Clifford is suing Cohen and Trump to void a nondisclosure agreement that blocks her from speaking publicly about the affair she had with Donald Trump in 2006. She also claims both men have defamed her since she revealed the affair.
Michael Cohen paid $130,000 in hush money to Daniels right before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen at first denied the payment but later he and the POTUS acknowledged that Trump eventually paid back Cohen for personally taking care of the issue.
Cohen attempted to argue that Avenatti’s media appearances could jeopardize his chances at a fair trial.
“Mr. Avenatti’s publicity tour, wherein he routinely denigrates Mr. Cohen with claims of alleged criminal conduct, is contrary to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, likely to result in Mr. Cohen being deprived of his right to a fair trial, and threatens to turn what should be a solemn Federal Court proceeding into a media circus,” the filing states.
Avenatti quickly called the order “unethical” and “a complete joke.”
Donald Trump said on Friday that Michael Cohen, now under investigation, is no longer his personal attorney.
As we reported earlier in the day, Michael Cohen has been telling close friends that he plans to flip on Donald Trump by assisting the FBI in exchange for a plea deal.