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Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed a lawsuit in early March against Cohen, Trump and a shell company Cohen set up, seeking to free herself from a hush agreement she signed to prevent her speaking about an alleged affair with Trump.

Barbara Jones, the retired judge who was named special master in the case, cited the "substantial progress and diligent effort" by lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the president's company, the Trump Organization, in reviewing the documents. Cohen worked with Trump for a decade and is the focus of a criminal investigation by NY federal prosecutors.

"Michael Cohen, I think, would tell you he's got nothing incriminating with the president", Giuliani said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "The Ingraham Angle".

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. He gave Avenatti until June 25 to formally respond to Cohen, who can reply by July 2. Following the raids, Cohen told ABC News "I just want my stuff back", while Ryan released a statement arguing that the seized documents included "the unnecessary seizure of protected attorney-client communications" and slammed the government's tactics as "wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities". During an impromptu Q-and-A session with reporters outside the White House, the president was asked whether Cohen was still his lawyer. "This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump", he added.

"The motion for a gag order is a complete joke and baseless".

Friday's filing indicates that the government and Cohen's lawyers have agreed to a June 25 deadline for Cohen's team to examine the new material, which also includes new data recovered from a Blackberry that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had only recently been able to access.

In a Thursday night filing, Blakely said Avenatti had discussed the Daniels case in at least 121 television appearances and 439 tweets, threatening to turn it into a "media circus" and deprive Cohen of his right to a fair trial.

Otero declined to grant Cohen emergency relief, setting a briefing schedule Friday that begins in late June.


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