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NEW YORK NY- APRIL 13 Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's attorney takes a phone call near the Loews Regency hotel on Park Ave

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Avenatti claims that a reporter was shown audio recordings released by Cohen of conversations with Clifford's former lawyer Keith Davidson regarding Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, and he believes her attorney-client privilege has been compromised.

"These tapes relate directly to the conduct of the president's right-hand attorney, relate directly to issues considering my client, attorney-client privileges that were disclosed by Mr. Cohen improperly by her prior counsel", Avenatti explained to MSNBC host Craig Melvin.

"He's concerned in ways in which name consideration to himself", Ryan mentioned in opposition to Avenatti's movement to be admitted. Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied interfering in the US presidential elections.

The files, mostly from phones and electronic storage devices, were seized April 9 in raids on Cohen's Manhattan home and office.

"For a person who claims to be a lawyer, the minuscule amount of allegedly privileged matter is surprising, and what it tells us is that Cohen wasn't acting as a lawyer very often", Roland Riopelle, a partner at Sercarz & Riopelle who was formerly a federal prosecutor with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY, told Business Insider.

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Following the hearing, Avenatti also said that Cohen's attorneys had "audio tapes" of Cohen and the president, with some of the recordings "relating to my client".

Wood said a "taint team" of prosecutors not involved in the Cohen probe would make the determinations after that date. She said the material includes data from a video recorder.

"I was told to pull up a seat and share this table", Avenatti said with a chuckle before sitting down.

The bad news for Michael Cohen just got worse today, as federal prosecutors are poised to receive more than one million files from three cellphones seized a month ago in a raid on Cohen's office.

In a listening to in Manhattan on Wednesday, Choose Kimba Wooden of the Southern District of NY set a deadline of June 15 to finish their assessment, regardless of strenuous objections from Cohen's authorized workforce. Ryan said, "Candidly, he shouldn't be asking us to answer questions; he should be asked to answer questions".

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Prosecutor Rachel Maimim said the two Blackberries are now being hacked in the FBI's Quantico headquarters and suggested that the feds are slowly piecing back together the contents to the shredder, which Maimim said were "not voluminous at all". Also reviewing the materials are lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the president's family business empire, the Trump Organization.

Matching Avenatti's flare for the dramatic, Ryan noted that he's never opposed a motion of this nature in his 37 years of practice, but he did so on Wednesday because of Avenatti's "intentional, malicious, and prejudicial release of information" which amounted to a "drive-by shooting" of his client.

"Not even the same firm in the case", he said.

In their letter Tuesday night, Cohen's attorneys also pointed to a tweet from Avenatti about Cohen's finances and to a recent bankruptcy court decision against Avenatti's law firm.

Pressed again Wednesday afternoon by TIME, he said he had withdrawn the motion because it was not necessary at this time.

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Wood said Cohen's wish to methodologically sort through potentially privileged documents needed to be balanced with "the need for the investigation to go forward". Written by Philip Bump and Mark Berman.

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