Cohen wants gag order against Stormy Daniels' attorney
Jul 30 2018
Daniels claims she was coerced into signing the agreement, that it was invalid because Trump never signed it, and that Trump defamed her by calling her a liar when she sued to void the contract.
"As of last Sunday, it became clear to me that Michael Cohen was attempting to play a game", he said.
Otero said the constitution is "neither a trick nor an illusion" and told Blakely his request was "serious business".
In a court filing, Blakely referred to Avenatti as a "small-town carnival magician" using the First Amendment as a bag of tricks, ABC reported.
Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti said overnight that he now represents three more women who say they were "paid hush money" through "various means" before the 2016 election to remain silent about relationships with Donald Trump.
Avenatti did not provide any additional details, except to say that the women had contacted him months earlier. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, nearly instantly claimed that the arrest was "politically motivated".
Michael Avenatti says he is representing THREE OTHER WOMEN (in addition to his client Stormy Daniels) who claim they were paid to keep quiet (unclear about what) before the election.
Otero added that he had some concerns about statements that Avenatti has made about Cohen, but said the bar for a gag order was high and it didn't seem as though Cohen had met that burden.
The hearing Friday comes in the wake of reports earlier this week that Avenatti and Cohen's attorneys had been in discussions for weeks over a possible settlement to the litigation.
He did not immediately issue a decision on issuing the order. If a gag order would be issued for him, he argued there also should be one for Trump and Giuliani since Trump just tweeted about Cohen just Friday morning.
Avenatti told the assembled reporters outside the courthouse following the hearing that Cohen's attorney was "almost laughed out of court today by this federal judge, and he should have been because his accusations are baseless".
He called on Mr Trump and his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to come forward and disclose information about the women and their supposed relationships with the president.
"They should release the information to the American people now", Avenatti said during a forum.
The charges were dropped against Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, the following day. Trump has denied the encounter.
Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, declined to comment Friday but cautioned against believing everything that a lawyer says in the heat of a legal battle.