Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer shared confidential information about her with President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen — and now she wants to keep the commander-in-chief from getting his hands on it, the porn star’s current legal rep said Thursday.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti argued in Manhattan federal court that his client, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, should have “a seat at the table” in a legal dispute over access to documents seized in a raid on Cohen’s files because the FBI may have taken records that legally belong to her.
According to Avenatti, Cohen came into possession of Daniels’ protected attorney-client communications thanks to her previous lawyer, Keith Davidson, who negotiated hush-money payments to Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the 2016 presidential race.
Davidson “continued to communicate with Michael Cohen about Ms. Clifford and [the non-disclosure agreement]” even when he was no longer Daniels’ lawyer, including in the days leading up to the FBI raid on Cohen, he said.
Daniels never agreed that Davidson, an LA entertainment lawyer, could pass on her protected communications to Cohen — which include text messages, emails and possibly audio recordings, he said in court papers.
The “Good Will Humping” star — who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006 — is concerned about the confidential materials being “improperly disclosed” to the president, tampered with, or destroyed, Avenatti said in a court filing.
The judge declined to rule on Avenatti’s request Thursday after prosecutors said they would like more time to review it — and possibly object to it.
“We have no concrete information that that in fact happened,” prosecutor Thomas McKay said about the claims that Davidson gave Cohen information that should have been protected by attorney-client privilege.
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