Michael Cohen to plead the Fifth in Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Stormy Daniels thinks Cohen may have her confidential info

Michael Cohen filed papers in federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday saying he will assert his Fifth Amendment rights.

Cohen's home, office, hotel room and safety-deposit box were searched by the FBI on April 9 as part of a long-running criminal investigation.

Facing a court hearing on the criminal investigation of embattled attorney Michael Cohen, a federal judge received a flurry of letters boasting of Presidential Donald Trump's legal resources for handling attorney-client privilege matters.

The McDermott firm represents Cohen, who declared on Wednesday that he will assert his Fifth Amendment rights in separate proceedings in a California lawsuit filed by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.

Ahead of Wednesday's declaration, lawyers for Trump and Cohen argued in court filings that there is "substantial overlap" between Daniels' lawsuit and the criminal investigation. The judge in that case said last week that he needed to hear from Cohen directly before deciding on that request.

Michael Cohen plans to keep quiet for once. Ultimately, it's the judge's decision and she might make a ruling as soon as Thursday afternoon.

In her lawsuit, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claimed that the $130,000 hush agreement is invalid because Trump - under the alias "David Dennison" - never signed the contract.

In New York, meanwhile, lawyers for Cohen and Trump continue to fight for the ability to review material seized in he raids before prosecutors have access to it.

Cohen "has fallen into every trap that Avenatti has set for him", Turley said, adding that Trump "should've severed ties with Cohen".

Cohen's lawyers and attorneys for Trump wanted to be the ones to get firstcrack at determining which files should be kept hidden from prosecutors.

The government wants to designate a secondary team of prosecutors to review the materials and determine what items are off-limits for the prosecutors investigating Cohen.

Another hearing is scheduled for May 7.

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