(Bloomberg) -- The judge overseeing review of evidence seized by the FBI from President Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen is set to hear arguments next week from Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, for why he should be allowed in the case.
Avenatti, a California lawyer, says he’s seeking to protect any privileged communications that may have been disclosed to Cohen in negotiations with Daniels over a $130,000 hush agreement in 2016. Cohen’s lawyers, who claim Avenatti is using the case to get free publicity and acted improperly in releasing information from their client’s bank records, oppose the request.
U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan is to consider the issue and get an update on the review of documents, computers and cell phone data taken from Cohen April 9, according to a proposed agenda for a May 30 court conference.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 and was paid just before the election to keep quiet. She’s seeking to void the agreement.
The case is In the Matter of Search Warrants Executed on April 9, 2018, 18-mj-3161, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).
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