Published: Sun, June 17, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Cohen Probe Restores Shredded Documents, Encrypted Messages

Cohen Probe Restores Shredded Documents, Encrypted Messages

Federal investigators were able to piece together about 16 pages of shredded documents seized during a raid on President Donald Trump 's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, a court filing Friday revealed.

Cohen has not been criminally charged, but a source familiar with the investigation told Reuters in April that the federal prosecutors are investigating him for possible bank and tax fraud, and for possible campaign law violations connected with a payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels and matters concerning foreign support of Trump's campaign.

Cohen filed for a restraining order Thursday because he says Avenatti is bad mouthing him, in general. and specifically, calling him a criminal who's about to be indicted.

Cohen's legal team in NY is in flux, and his lawyers face a Friday deadline to finish reviewing documents seized in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his home and office. He initially said he used his own money to pay Daniels and was not reimbursed by Trump.

Avenatti has made 121 television appearances to discuss the facts and circumstances relating to this case and has tweeted about the case more than 400 times, according to the court document.

Friday, Otero said that Cohen " has not demonstrated in the Application that immediate, irreparable injury would occur in the absence of emergency ex parte relief".

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Cohen and Trump to get out of an agreement under which Cohen paid her $130,000 United States not to discuss an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump. Since last summer, Cohen has been represented in the U.S. Department of Justice's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections by a McDermott team led.

Judge James Otero of the US District Court for the Central District of California set a briefing for later this month, after which he'll make a final decision on the restraining order request.

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized in the Cohen raid and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege.

Trump has also acknowledged that he personally reimbursed Cohen for that payment.

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