In response to The Daily Caller publishing a story detailing the alleged shady past of Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, he sent a threatening email to one of the reporters saying he will sue him and The Daily Caller if they do not stop their reporting.
President Trump has said he did not know about a $130,000 ($NZ179,000) payment made by his lawyer to porn star Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election - his first public comment on the issue. One of those companies, AT&T, had gone so far as to acknowledge the hiring of Cohen was "a big mistake", Avenatti noted.
In the filing in New York, Avenatti responded to claims from Cohen's attorneys that Avenatti spread false information, and had no right to publicize his bank records. "You end up becoming thrown aside, and I have a feeling she's just a conduit... for his fame".
Trump and Cohen, also similarly, have on many occasions threatened journalists who cast them in a negative light. The case Avenatti cited, Lane v. Franks, refers to public concern relating to speech by a public employee having to do with their job.
Avenatti said that "more than 99 percent of the payments to Mr. Cohen listed in the report were proven accurate either by other reporting or by the entities themselves that made the payments", in his filing in Manhattan federal court.
But Avenatti's revelations left some legal observers wondering what exactly they have to do with his efforts to free Daniels from the non-disclosure deal she says was improperly executed, or to intervene in the criminal proceedings against Cohen now underway in Manhattan.
Ms Daniels has also sued Mr Cohen, arguing he had defamed her by suggesting she was a liar.
Cohen's lawyers claimed that parts of Avenatti's document was untrue, and that it referenced a number of wire transfers and transactions that Cohen himself was never involved in.
Wood could be "looking at Avenatti's tendency to be on television and now to release information", Zeldin said. Or she might say, you can be in it and I'll subject you to a strict gag order: "no TV, no Twitter".
"The fact of the matter is if information comes into our possession we believe is credible and that we believe people should be asking questions about, we're going to release it publicly", Avenatti told MSNBC.
Reached by phone hours earlier, Avenatti had a blunter message for those questioning his strategy: "If they don't like it, tough shit".