Michael Cohen ‘Likely’ to Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

15 June, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Report: Michael Cohen ‘Likely’ to Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

Rudy Giuliani insisted Wednesday evening that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, would not flip on his ex-boss by cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen is seeking a lawyer with close ties to the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.

On Wednesday, ABC News and other outlets reported that Cohen was expected to lose legal representation.

Under deep financial pressure, Cohen plans to hire a new lawyer for the next phase of the probe, the person said.

A judge had set a deadline of Friday for Cohen's legal team to finish its review of the seized documents. Citing unnamed sources, ABC also said Cohen is expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY.

Any cooperation by Cohen with prosecutors would represent a significant blow to Trump, whose campaign is under investigation for alleged collusion with Russian Federation and who regularly expresses acute frustration with investigators.

"Attorney-client privilege is dead", the president tweeted.

While Cohen could receive a pardon for any federal crimes from Trump, he could still be prosecuted on the state level.

President Donald Trump was furious when it surfaced in April that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had raided properties of Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer.

Donald Trump's former personal lawyer is expected to cooperate with the Mueller investigation. As one report described it, "Of the 291,770 electronic files contained on two of Mr. Cohen's cellphones and on one of his iPads, 148 are privileged and will be withheld if the judge approves".

Federal prosecutors in NY have publicly said they are investigating alleged fraud in Cohen's business dealings, but haven't disclosed details.

At this point, there are no indications that Cohen has discussed a plea deal in the fraud investigation and he has not been charged.

As it turns out, the Trump family is footing much of the bill for that and according to the New York Times, they aren't happy about how much it's costing, which has widened the rift between Cohen and Trump.

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

Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split.

Cohen has worked for Trump in various capacities since 2011.



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