Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti hit back at Michael Cohen, who tried to get him banned from a court in New York over his bombshell revelations about Cohen selling access to Trump.
Last week, Avenatti published a report that was quickly confirmed by media outlets that Cohen received millions from companies like AT&T and Novartis – as well as a company controlled by a top Russian oligarch – in the same shell corporation that paid $130,000 to Daniels.
In response to the move, Cohen tried to get Avenatti banned from representing Daniels in New York, where he is suing the federal government over the FBI raids on his office and home.
Avenatti wants to be involved in that case because he believes the seized files include information on the Daniels payment.
As a member of the California bar, Avenatti requires pro hac vice admission to represent a client in a different state, which basically means he has good standing of another state’s bar and knows the local laws.
Cohen petitioned the US District Court in the Southern District of New York to revoke Avenatti’s pro hac vice admission, claiming he was disqualified for improperly revealing Cohen’s confidential information.
Avenatti fired back on Twitter with a court filing debunking Cohen’s claims.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) May 14, 2018
Avenatti’s filing says that Cohen “fails to cite any legal authority that would support the denial of pro hac vice admission. In fact, Mr. Cohen does not cite the Court to any legal authority at all.”
Avenatti also cited his previous admission to the court and the fact that the information about Cohen was confirmed by other news outlets.
“That Mr. Cohen may be dismayed that these damaging revelations have come to light and have been proven true does not come remotely close to justifying a denial of Mr. Avenatti’s right to appear before this Court,” the filing said.
“As discussed in her motion to intervene, Ms. Clifford has very important and legitimate interests in protecting her records. She should not be denied counsel from representing and advancing those interests based on Mr. Cohen’s embarrassment resulting from discomforting information being made public,” it said.
Avenatti added that the law doesn’t prevent the “disclosure of banking information and suspicious activity reports” from anyone except “financial institutions and government entities.”
“In sum, it is difficult to conclude that Mr. Cohen’s filing is anything but a highly improper attempt to soil Mr. Avenatti and unnecessarily lure and entangle this Court into Mr. Cohen’s elaborate campaign to now discredit Mr. Avenatti,” the filing said.