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Trump attorney Cohen reportedly to cooperate with prosecutors

By Denis Slattery
New York Daily News

June 14. 2018 12:35AM
President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, on May 30. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo)

President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer is likely gearing up to cooperate with federal prosecutors, according to a report Wednesday.

The law firm representing Cohen — whose home, office and hotel room were raided in April — will not be working for the fixer going forward, ABC News reported.

Cohen was being represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

It's unclear if Cohen is looking for another firm or if he has decided to work with federal prosecutors. Following the raid, in which more than 3.7 million records were seized, Cohen's legal team argued that his attorneys should be given first look at the material.

Judge Kimba Wood appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones to act as a “special master” to conduct an impartial review of the materials and to referee any disputes that could arise over attorney client privilege.

The President lashed out after the raid, comparing it to a break-in and tweeting that “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York is probing Cohen for a number of possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Following reports this week that Cohen was anticipating his impending arrest, a source close to him told the New York Daily News that Cohen is “very stressed out” about facing a possible indictment.

“None of it is good,” the source added.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said the possibility of Cohen flipping and cooperating should scare Trump.

“It appears that Michael Cohen will cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York,” he tweeted. “In order to get a cooperation deal, Cohen will need to provide all information he knows about criminal activity, no matter who it is, but attorney-client privilege may create some hurdles.”

Cohen has been haunting Trump in the media since it was revealed in January he brokered a hush agreement between the President and porn star Stormy Daniels.

Daniels, 39, accepted $130,000 from Cohen in exchange for signing a contract barring her from speaking publicly about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump.

Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels (whose real name is Stephanie Clifford) in a lawsuit seeking to void the hush agreement, knocked Cohen's outgoing representation.

“So after Mr. Ryan makes false accusations against me in fed court, he now abandons Mr. Cohen, withdraws, tucks his tail between his legs, & goes home? Just like David Schwartz before him!! Not a good look and a disaster for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump,” he tweeted.

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