After much speculation over who would show up at Michael Cohen's New York City hearing this week, Michael Avenatti said his client, porn actress Stormy Daniels, would indeed make an appearance.
She won't be offering testimony but will be present in the NY courtroom for Cohen's hearing related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his home and office.
Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, tweeted on Saturday that the story was "bad reporting, bad information and [a] bad story".
The U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan made the filing after lawyers for Cohen and Trump asked a judge to block the Justice Department from reviewing records seized Monday in Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Cohen's apartment, hotel room, office and safety deposit box.
Trump, campaign and White House officials have repeatedly denied that the campaign colluded with Russians to tip the election in Trump's favor. Daniels accuses Cohen of buying her silence ahead of the 2016 election.
Cohen has publicly declared that he would defend the President to the end. "Mr. Cohen is not aware of any "secret" TRUMP campaign/Kremlin relationship", Ryan said. This month, Kosachev was among 24 high-profile Russians whom the USA sanctioned in retaliation for Russia's meddling.
When the news site BuzzFeed published the entire dossier January 11, 2017, Trump said the document was "false and fake".
If Cohen is claiming to have made the transaction on behalf of his friend and long-time client Trump, the situation could be seen by Mueller and those investigating the Trump campaign as a "coordinated, illegal, in kind contribution by Cohen for the goal of influencing the election", Potter said.
The disclosures raise the prospect that Cohen may have cut other deals to bury salacious claims about Trump.
The Southern District of NY prosecutors also heard from Trump Organization lawyers, who want them to throw out all communication between Cohen, the company and its employees.