Wood said she would hold Avenatti's request to enter the case in abeyance until he makes a formal request from Daniels to intervene, but warned him that if he is admitted he'll have to obey the court's rules limiting public statements and give up his high profile media presence.
Avenatti's actions have frustrated prosecutors, but have yet to see any discrediting information that could stop the investigation.
"As a result of our efforts, there was a shocking admission that was made in court today, namely, that just like the Nixon tapes, we now have what I will refer to as the Trump tapes", Avenatti said. "You will not be able to give publicity to documents that are not public". Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing Trump in order to void a non-disclosure agreement about an alleged affair with the president.
If Avenatti had been given standing in the case, Wood said, he would have to "stop in its tracks your publicity tour on television and elsewhere". Prosecutors told the judge it would take them a couple more weeks to finish that project, and it seems review of those documents won't be subject to the June 15 deadline.
Hendon also took this opportunity to lay it on thick, accusing Avenatti of contradicting his own sworn affidavit submitted to the court on the matter.
Jones, a retired judge who served on the federal bench for 16 years in the Southern District of NY, is a former organized-crime prosecutor who was chief assistant to Robert M. Morgenthau, a longtime Manhattan district attorney.
USA team negotiating with North Korea leaves Seoul hotel：The Asahi Shimbun
But Pyongyang has rejected any "unilateral" dismantlement in an apparent bid to win sanctions relief and security guarantees. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that a US team had arrived in the North to make arrangements for the summit.
Additional electronic data from the contents of other telephones and digital devices were produced by the government for study by Jones and lawyers for Cohen and Trump on May 11, and Jones said the three telephones that produced the more than million pieces of data were from that shipment.
Judge Wood had warned him about the "publicity tour", since he would be subject to NY laws and procedures if he were allowed on the case - meaning he'd have to pull back on his attacks against Cohen.
"When someone, especially a lawyer, is prepared to be not straightforward, and cute, and I would say misleading" with the court, Hendon said, it raised questions about how he would "conduct himself on the more serious proceedings" going forward. And Stephan Ryan, Cohen's attorney, vociferously opposed Avenatti's application to appear before the court. Any such material, if it exists, is "under lock and key" at his offices, he said.
Ryan said Avenatti had "published that information gratuitously".
"You will not be permitted to use this court as a platform", she said.
"For a person who claims to be a lawyer, the minuscule amount of allegedly privileged matter is surprising, and what it tells us is that Cohen wasn't acting as a lawyer very often", a former federal prosecutor told Business Insider. She said that while Avenatti argued that the firm in the bankruptcy case was not involved with Daniels' litigation, it had sent emails regarding her case.
Trump has denied all wrongdoing, as has Cohen.
Michael Avenatti fired back at President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on MSNBC Wednesday evening, calling him a "joke" after Giuliani falsely claimed that Avenatti had been kicked out of court earlier in the day.
"We continue to communicate with the fine [attorneys] of the SDNY on a regular basis as part of our cooperation with the [government] investigation", he said in another tweet.