Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team

Cohen's lawyers had been scrambling to meet federal Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's NY home, office and hotel room, the network reported.

Michael Cohen, who was President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, is likely preparing to cooperate with federal prosecutors once he is dropped by the law firm that has been representing him, ABC News reports.

Only 162 of the hundreds of thousands of materials seized in the raid have been declared to have attorney-client protection.

Mr. Trump, Cohen's client for years, bemoaned the raid of Cohen's records, declaring on Twitter the day after the raids, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

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Cohen has found a new lawyer, but the name of Cohen's new lawyer was not yet known.

But as the investigation widens, and with Cohen's legal team in turmoil, the chances increase that Cohen could cooperate with prosecutors.

Law&Crime reached out to both Mr. Ryan and Mr. Harrison for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

The seized documents related to several matters, including Trump's payment to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by Stormy Daniels. CNN reports Cohen has hired a new lawyer, but not said who.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations. "Trump should be super anxious about Michael Cohen", a former White House official said.

Daniels alleges an affair with Trump, which the president has denied.

The source said Cohen had not yet met with prosecutors to speak about a potential deal, and it's unclear whether either side is seeking one.

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