President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen filed for a restraining order Thursday, June 14 against Stormy Daniel's lawyer, Michael Avenatti. Cohen filed for a restraining order to prevent Avenatti from speaking to the press about the adult film star's lawsuit.
Avenatti's actions are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity,
the filing said, alleging Avenatti of routinely denigrating Cohen.
Avenatti is 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.
Cohen had paid Daniels $13,000 before the 2016 election, as a part of hush agreement to prevent Davis from publicly discussing her alleged sexual encounter with President Trump.
Daniels is suing the two men, as well as Essential Consultants, Cohen's shell company, in the name of nullifying the 2016 hush agreement that looks to prevent her from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump; Avenatti is representing her in the case.
Pointing to Avenatti's dozens of TV appearances, hundreds of tweets and various communications with the media over the past few months - Cohen's request for a restraining order said Avenatti made predictions about legal troubles that Cohen might face.
Avenatti slammed the restraining order via tweet, writing,
The motion for a gag order is a complete joke and baseless. Mr. Cohen and Brent Blakely can't deal with the truth, the facts, and the law, so they have to resort to unethical, meritless motions. This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump.
The motion for a gag order is a complete joke and baseless. Mr. Cohen and Brent Blakely can’t deal with the truth, the facts, and the law, so they have to resort to unethical, meritless motions. This must be their birthday present to Mr. Trump. #Basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 15, 2018
Apart from the tweet, Avenatti is yet to make any public comments.