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Michael Cohen Files for Restraining Order Against Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer

President Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has filed for a restraining order to bar Stormy Daniels’ lawyer from speaking about her case to the press. In court documents filed in a California court late Thursday, Cohen’s attorneys claim Michael Avenatti “routinely denigrates Mr. Cohen with claims of alleged criminal conduct” in a “publicity tour” that threatens to deprive Cohen of a fair trial and undermine the case. Attorneys for Cohen say Avenatti’s frequent TV appearances commenting on the case “are mainly driven by his seemingly unquenchable thirst for publicity” and threaten “to turn what should be a solemn federal court proceeding into a media circus.” Avenatti is representing Daniels in her lawsuit against Cohen and Trump over a hush-money payment made to stop her from going public about her alleged sexual affair with the president.