Michael Cohen arrives in court to face judge about his client list
President Trump’s embattled personal lawyer Michael Cohen arrived at Manhattan federal court Monday to face a federal judge who wants him to come clean about his client list.
Cohen, dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie and carrying an umbrella, said nothing as he strolled past a throng of at least 100 reporters and photographers and into the Pearl Street courthouse.
Minutes earlier, porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, exited the building — after spending about 20 minutes inside — without the adult performer in tow.
“It’s a stormy day,” Avenatti cracked to reporters.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has sued Trump, saying a hush agreement she signed in exchange for $130,000 paid by Cohen to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 tryst with Trump is invalid.
Asked whether he believed Cohen had any recordings of Daniels, Avenatti said, “I think any recordings that Michael Cohen made of people without their permission is a big, big problem — for Michael Cohen and possibly for the president of the United States.”
He didn’t say whether Daniels would be joining him for Cohen’s hearing, scheduled for 2 p.m., as he had promised a day earlier.
“I think her message has been consistent and that is, she wants everyone to tell the truth,” he told reporters before jumping into a car.
Cohen, meanwhile, immediately holed up in a private room in the courthouse with his lawyers ahead of his appearance.
He told someone in the elevator that he’s “hanging in there.”