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JUNE 1, 2018

     Avenatti is a clown and con artist. Michael Avenatti isn't ready to give up the green room for the courtroom just yet. The lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels had been trying to join the criminal case in New York against Trump attorney Michael Cohen. But during a feisty hearing Wednesday, federal Judge Kimba Wood said the lawyer -- who has been a fixture on CNN and other outlets -- would have to first stop his “publicity tour.”

     After the hearing, Avenatti withdrew his motion to intervene -- at least until the court rules whether Daniels is allowed to participate in the case. Judge Wood had warned him about the "publicity tour," since he would be subject to New York laws and procedures if he were allowed on the case -- meaning he'd have to pull back on his attacks against Cohen. Avenatti has made countless appearances on cable outlets blasting President Trump and Cohen while defending his client, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

      Cohen's attorneys fought to keep Avenatti out of the case, citing a California State Bar investigation into him. Earlier this month, Avenatti also filed the motion to participate in the Cohen case. Judge Wood did not rule whether Avenatti could intervene in the case. In court, meanwhile, Avenatti suggested he received a call from a member of the press last week for comment on audio recordings between Daniels’ former attorney Keith Davidson and Cohen. Avenatti argued that the two exchanged privileged information.

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