It all began in April, when federal agents armed with search warrants seized numerous acts and other deeds in a series of raids on Mr. Cohen's office, apartment, and hotel rooms as part of an investigation into breaking the law Ms. Clifford $ 130,000 to avoid talking about an affair she claims to be with Trump. Since the raids, Mr Avenatti has tried to be formally included in the case in order to protect all records related to Ms Clifford, which have been leaked during the searches. But at the same time, Mr. Avenatti has been conducting a relentless publicity campaign against Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump and other members of the Trump Legal Camp, who appeared on television – by Mr. Cohen's lawyers ̵
Last week, Mr. Avenatti caused a firestorm when he published a report – apparently based on private bank records – that showed that a shell company owned by Mr. Cohen was spending millions of dollars on a company with ties to a Russian oligarch and large corporations, including AT & T and drug maker Novartis. In the following days, Mr Avenati accused Mr Cohen of meeting with a representative of the Sovereign Sovereign Fund of Qatar; claimed that Mr. Trump could have bought the silence of two additional (and for now nameless) women; and posted on Twitter a video of Mr. Trump's lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, in women's clothes – although Mr. Giuliani later described Mr. Avenatti as a "pimp."
All this, Mr. Cohen's lawyers noted in their memo, that Judge Kimba M. Wood, who handled the matter in Manhattan's Federal District Court, had sufficient grounds to refuse Mr. Avenatti's application for admission to the case. "We understand that this court has never received clearer evidence of deliberately creating a carnival atmosphere and inappropriate conduct while a solicitor's application for approval was pending," the lawyers wrote. "In addition, this is an unprecedented attack on a person who has not been charged with a crime."
Since the two sides have salvos, a much sober process is taking place. A special master, Barbara S. Jones, has sorted the many materials seized by Mr. Cohen to determine which of them are protected by the lawyer's secret that Mr. Cohen shared with Mr. Trump. Although Mr Cohen's lawyers have admitted that applications such as Mr Avenatti's are seldom rejected, they said that his conduct makes it lawful to keep him out of the case so that Ms Jones's 'due process' continues without distraction can.
Distractions was the report published by Mr. Avenatti, who claimed that Cohen's firm, Essential Consultants, had taken questionable payments from multiple sources, including a company with links to Russian oligarch Victor Vekselberg. In her memorandum filed on Friday, Mr. Cohen's attorneys said the report had been tarnished by "inaccurate information" and even some of the precise information came from an unlawful source.