Federal Bureau of Investigation recovers WhatApp, Signal data stored on Michael Cohen’s BlackBerry

Marsha Scott
June 16, 2018

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. The prosecutors said in their filing in Manhattan federal court that they had turned the materials over to Cohen's lawyers, who are expected to review them by June 25. Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings with foreign companies.

"Given the lack of rigor with which Mr. Cohen apparently conducted himself, I shudder to think what was so sensitive that even Michael Cohen thought, 'I better shred this, '" Epner said.

Avenatti has "repeatedly denigrated Mr. Cohen, predicted that Mr. Cohen would be indicted for bank fraud, wire fraud, campaign finance violations, and accused Mr. Cohen of hiring a 'thug" to allegedly threaten Ms. Clifford, ' the filing said.

In a letter to the presiding judge in the case against Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's long-time personal attorney, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Southern New York revealed today that it had obtained additional evidence for review-including a trove of messages and call logs from WhatsApp and Signal on one of two BlackBerry phones belonging to Cohen. In May, he withdrew a petition to participate in a separate proceeding involving Trump and Cohen after U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood told him that his "publicity tour" was incompatible with giving Cohen a fair trial in her court.

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Michael Cohen and his attorney Thursday night asked a federal judge to issue an emergency gag order against Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti, hoping to bar him from appearing on TV to advance his case.

'Mr. Avenatti's actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity, ' it added. Any items they were unable to review, Judge Wood said, would be turned over to an independent government "taint team" to complete the examination of the files.

"Mr. Cohen and Brent Blakely can't deal with the truth, the facts, and the law, so they have to resort to unethical, meritless motions", he said on Twitter.

In April, Cohen's hotel room and offices were raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents after prosecutors in New York City were given information about him by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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