Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Likely to Flip and Cooperate With Feds
Jun 15 2018
ABC News reported on Wednesday that Cohen may be poised to cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY after his lawyers stopped representing him in the Manhattan US attorney's investigation.
Mr. Cohen doesn't yet have a replacement law firm but is searching for a federal criminal lawyer in NY, people familiar with the matter said.
Dershowitz said that until it's known who Cohen's new lawyer is, "we won't have a sense of what is going on".
A team 15 of lawyers hired by Cohen have been going through documents the FBI seized from his offices, to set aside those they argue should be withheld from federal investigators because of attorney-client privilege.
President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is facing pressure to share information related to the Russian Federation investigation. The former NY mayor is one of the president's chief attorneys fending off the special counsel's investigation into potential collusion between Russian actors and Trump's campaign in the 2016 election.
During the hearing earlier this month, Wood expressed concern over the pace of the Cohen team's processing and production of potentially privileged material to attorneys for Trump and the Trump Organization for review.
Neither Cohen, Ryan nor Harrison immediately responded to messages Wednesday. ABC was the first with the report.
President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan.
Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox, who seems well connected to Cohen and his circle, filled in the blanks, reporting that Cohen feels isolated and pushed away by the Trump inner circle and the Trump family.
One former federal prosecutor pointed out that several news reports had highlighted that Trump and his associates were nervous about Cohen flipping. Haberman claimed this report echoed ABC's initial claims and said Cohen was "increasingly likely to flip".
Legal experts have said the payment could amount to a violation of campaign finance law, which requires public disclosure of expenses meant to influence the election.
"The key is to find out who the new lawyer is", Dershowitz toldBusiness Insider, adding that Cohen could be seeking out a NY attorney he refers to as "prosecutors in defense attorney's clothing".
He has been making damning headlines ever since it was revealed in January that he brokered a hush agreement between Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels.
Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split. But not good news for Team Trump.
Cohen has worked for Trump in various capacities since 2011.