Cohen Reportedly Set To Cooperate With Prosecutors, Drops Legal Representation

After two months of legal wrangling following an April 9 FBI raid on his home, hotel room and office, sources close to Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen say that he's preparing to cooperate with prosecutors from the Southern District of New York who have been overseeing the criminal probe against him, ABC News reported Wednesday morning.

In the latest sign that he could be preparing to cooperate, ABC said the law firm that has represented Cohen so far will not be representing him going forward. So far, Cohen has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. No replacement counsel has been identified at this time.  The report comes as Cohen's attorneys are rushing to review 3.7 million documents seized in the raid for signs they could be protected by attorney-client privilege by the Friday deadline. Of 300,000 documents reviewed so far, the "special master" supervising the dissemination of documents seized in the raid said that only 162 of them were protected.

The possibility of Cohen turning states witness could create problems for the White House, Cohen's family members and lawyers that have been working on the multifaceted investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Needless to say, the Democrats are ecstatic.

Today's news comes after Vanity Fair reported late Tuesday that Cohen has been telling friends that he expects to be arrested soon. When contacted by the Vanity Fair reporter via text, Cohen reportedly replied "your source is wrong!"

While Trump has repeatedly played down his connections to Cohen (he said last month during an interview with Fox & Friends that Cohen handled only "a tiny fraction" of his legal work) sources close to the White House have told media that Trump is worried about the prospect of his former "fixer" cooperating with prosecutors. Trump has also lashed out at the prosecutors who targeted Cohen, famously declaring that "attorney-client privilege is dead!" on twitter while saying during a press conference that the raid on Cohen was "an attack on our country."

 

 

"Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen," a former White House official said. "If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him."

Cohen is reportedly being investigated for bank fraud connected to a "hush money" payment of $130,000 made to Stormy Daniels, the former adult-film star who alleges she had a brief affair with Trump a decade ago. Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly turned over evidence against Cohen to the Southern District of New York, with the DOJ's approval.

Comments

sheikurbootie lester1 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:00 Permalink

My guess is he pleads the 5th.  Friends of friends know Cohen and say he'll roll over, BUT what's to tell?  Trump did not collude with the Russians.   Airing Trump's dirty laundry?  All that gets you is ...sued.

Does everyone here agree we all have dirty laundry?  Do we live in glass houses?  Who's casting the first stone?

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I Am Jack's Ma… sheikurbootie Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

Look, there's virtually no way to be involved in NY RE and not have been involved with the mob - and I don't mean the Italians.

So, at issue is does Mueller get anything within the statute of limitations going to financial crimes before Trump took office.  If he had, you'd expect him to hand the info off to the NY state AG.  Little wrinkle there - but you still have a reliable Dem partisan in office there.

If you believe, as I do, that the entire Russia hacking and collusion thing was a giant psy op masterminded by Hillary and Brennan and Clapper - then Trump's best move is to order and investigation of Clapper's bullshit report.  That's the keystone here.

 

The 'obstruction' thing is nonsense - Rosenstein okayed it, Trump is entitled to rely on the judgment of an experience DAG, Comey was 'insubordinate' and the investigation went on.  It is a crime against the taxpayer and arguably abuse of office to try to seek evidence for a crime that you know did not occur.

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Arctic Frost Shitonya Serfs Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:18 Permalink

 

You have that backwards, it’s the MSM that keeps making this shit up and doesn’t have enough sense to see no one listens to them anymore. Just like Flynn was going to sing and Manafort was going to sing and Papadopolous was going to sing and Page was going to sing. They ALL were all going to sing. Just like the indictment of Trump any day now. Just like they’ll prove Russia colluded with the Trump any day now. Just like they’ll prove obstruction of justice any day now. 

 

They ARE doing a good job proving one thing: they’re completely irrelevant . . . 

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lester1 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:48 Permalink

Meanwhile ..

The Russian troll farm actually showed up in court to challenge Mueller. Now Mueller is begging the judge for a delay because he has no evidence.

When you indict someone, the prosecution is supposed to inform the defense on the evidence they have. Mueller still has not done this. The judge told Mueller to present the evidence by July 9 or withdraw his indictment.

Complete blackout on this story by the fake news/liberal media!

notfeelinthebern Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:56 Permalink

The word cooperate has the semantic sense that something wrong done must be adjusted to make right. Nothing wrong has occurred so there is nothing to cooperate about. When will the FBI cooperate in release of certain unredacted documents? Something is more than apparently occurring there, yet no cooperation.