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Avenatti Slams Cohen for Being ‘All About the Truth’ While Trying to Keep Him Quiet


The evolving relationship between attorneys Michael Avenatti and Michael Cohen seemed to take another turn Thursday morning. Avenatti is in the process of suing Cohen on behalf of Stormy Daniels, but recently discussed the possibility of joining forces as Cohen and his team began speaking out about President Donald Trump. Now things seem to have taken a step back.

Cohen and his lawyer Lanny Davis have been outspoken of late, with Davis saying that Cohen is “now dedicated to telling the truth.” Avenatti pointed out in a tweet that if Cohen really wants the truth to get out there, he should stop trying to make the court shut him up.

This in reference to a gag order that Cohen applied for in Daniels’ case against him regarding her hush agreement where she received $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. Back in June, Cohen–via attorney Brent Blakely–requested a restraining order against Avenatti, to keep the media savvy advocate from talking to the press or public about anything involving their case. That request resulted in a heated exchange of court filings as Avenatti pushed back and Blakely hurled insults.

So now that Cohen has apparently decided to talk, why should he care if Avenatti does? That seems to be the crux of Avenatti’s argument now. Avenatti also put pressure on Cohen regarding the stay on their case which has everything put on hold–including any potential deposition of President Trump–as Cohen’s criminal investigation is going on.

“If he is about the truth, then why is he trying to prevent me from taking the depositions, and why is tying to gag me and delay the case?” Avenatti said in an email to Law&Crime. “He is trying to have it both ways.”

Law&Crime reached out to Blakely, as well as to Davis’ representatives, but they did not immediately respond.

There had been signs that Avenatti and Cohen were moving towards working together, especially after what Avenatti called a “productive” conversation at a Manhattan restaurant. Now, however, it looks like that may not happen.
“We will only will deal with him if he is committed to doing the right thing, which we have not seen,” Avenatti said.
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