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Judge: No immediate restraining order against Avenatti

Judge: No immediate restraining order against Avenatti

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, who has worked closely with Trump for decades, has not yet reached out to prosecutors to strike a deal, according to CNN's source. Cohen is now under a criminal investigation for his business dealings with foreign companies.

In a brief order, U.S. District Judge James Otero in Los Angeles said Cohen had not shown he would face "immediate, irreparable injury" without an immediate restraining order.

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A court filing submitted Friday in the Southern District of NY states that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have reconstructed the documents and submitted them as evidence for the first time in court today.

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

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied interference.

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In a free-wheeling interview Friday on the White House's north lawn, the president said he's not anxious about the prospects that Cohen will cooperate. US District Judge Kimba Wood had imposed a Friday deadline for Cohen's team to finish its review of roughly 2.4 million documents it had yet to sift through.

"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.

Avenatti described the motion for the gag order as a "complete joke and baseless".

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

The judge also admonished Cohen in a footnote, saying such requests "throw the system out of whack" by creating more work for the court, forcing adversaries to respond in a hurry and allowing some litigants to "cut in line" ahead of others.

The case is Clifford v Trump et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 18-02217.