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Cohen Is Likely to Cooperate with Investigation with His Attorneys Expected to Leave Case
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13 Jun 2018 05:25 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Michael Cohen (Image source: Screenshot)


Things just got really interesting with regards to Michael Cohen's legal woes. Since the initial FBI raid, everyone has been wondering if he would turn on Donald Trump. Now after court drama failing to clear his name, his attorneys are leaving, and Cohen is likely to cooperate, which could mean trouble for the president.


Cohen is Trump's longtime confidante as well as his former personal lawyer. He was known as his "fixer" and is known to have paid Stormy Daniels and others hush money. The FBI raided his office, home, and other locations, leading to him looking at charges of bank fraud and campaign finance violations.  

His attorneys as well as Trump's current attorneys were putting all their stock in keeping the materials taken in the raids to themselves because of attorney-client privilege, but the "special master" assigned to this case has said out of the mounds of evidence taken, only a small portion of it pertains to attorney-client privilege.


That means much of it is about to become public, which appears to be troubling for both Cohen and Trump. But it should be noted that this criminal investigation is separate from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation — at least for now. Whether or not there is some crossover could be determined by the evidence.  

Cohen was represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, with offices in Washington and New York. George Stephanopoulos of ABC News is reporting that a source has said Ryan and Harrison aren't expected to continue as his counsel moving forward.


Sources say without a new counsel identified at this time, Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan.  

And even with this case being separate from Mueller's investigation, Trump has been trying to keep the evidence private, leading to the belief that there is something or some things in there that are particularly damaging to him. "Attorney-client privilege is dead!" he tweeted after the raid, while telling reporters it was a "disgraceful situation."


Sources who are familiar with a warrant in the Cohen case said back in April that they were looking for records of his personal business and secret deals with alleged mistresses, media organizations, and Trump's campaign. 

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood gave Cohen's representation until Friday to review the remaining evidence that was seized to determine if it falls under attorney-client privilege. Anything not reviewed by the deadline will be turned over to federal prosecutors with no connection to the case to examine.

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