Avenatti Calls Cohen's Restraining Order Trump's Latest Move to "Shut People Up"

Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen filed for a restraining order against Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti, but the motion was quickly denied by the judge.

The order would have blocked Avenatti from speaking to the press regarding the adult film star's lawsuit against the president, stating that Avenatti's "unquenchable thirst for publicity" could cost Cohen the right to a fair trial. Cohen is currently under a criminal investigation for his business dealings with foreign companies.

"Mr. Avenatti's publicity tour, wherein he routinely denigrates Mr. Cohen with claims of alleged criminal conduct, is contrary to the California Rules of Professional Conduct, likely to result in Mr. Cohen being deprived of his right to a fair trial, and threatens to turn what should be a solemn Federal Court proceeding into a media circus," the filing said.

The court quickly denied Cohen's request, stating that there was not enough evidence to support the idea that "immediate, irreperable injury would occur in the absence of emergency ex parte relief."

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Prior to the court's decision, Avenatti slammed Cohen's move in a series of tweets, calling it the Trump administration's latest "gag order" in their regular routine to "shut people up and hide the truth through intimidation and threats."

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"This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump," Avenatti added.

Avenatti has become a media fixture since he began representing Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in her case against president. She claims that Cohen gave her "hush money" during the 2016 election to keep quiet about her relationship with Trump.

According to Cohen's filing, Avenatti has appeared on television more than 120 times and tweeted about the case nearly 500 times since becoming Daniels's lawyer.

Most recently, Avenatti has been in an ongoing media battle with Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. After Giuliani told reporters that Daniels had no credibility because of her career as an adult film star, Avenatti called on the public for "evidence" that Giuliani has voluntarily watched pornography.

The filing also claims that if Avenatti chooses "to play the role of talk show guest then he is free to comment on this case," but if he wants to remain Daniels's lawyer then he must comply with California's rule of professional conduct.

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