Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving

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.

Since then, Cohen's NY office was raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and his personal finances were exposed, revealing he took money from companies hoping to gain influence in the Trump administration. There are also reports that some members of Ryan's firm, McDermott Will & Emery, are uncomfortable representing Cohen in his NY case, which suggests that there may be something really unpleasant about it. The Wall Street Journal reported the law firm, which has represented Cohen since June 2017, would part company with him at the end of the week.

Sources close to Cohen have told reporters that now that document production is nearly complete, he will need a criminal defense attorney in NY; his current lawyer, Stephen Ryan, works out of Washington. Over the past week everyone has been so focused on the trivia of President Trump blowing up the G7 and fawning over Kim like a schoolboy with his first crush that we nearly missed the news that the White House is in nuclear meltdown over Michael Cohen.

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.

Cohen, 51, did not immediately return a request for comment.

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It was not clear what the planned change in attorneys might mean for Cohen's legal strategy.

The friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also told Reuters that Cohen has complained that he does not feel he has received enough support from Trump in dealing with the situation.

If you've become familiar with Cohen's history, the questions you may have asked yourself are whether he committed crimes - and whether the president of the United States is implicated in them. That's prompting speculation that Cohen may be ready to provide evidence about the president. That case focuses on whether Cohen committed bank fraud, wire fraud, or campaign-finance violations related to his work for Trump and his payment to the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 presidential election. That means Cohen would be cooperating not only with the Manhattan US attorney's office but with any other federal criminal inquiries - like the Russian Federation investigation - that he may have information about. In a late May hearing, Wood ordered Cohen's team to complete that review by Friday.

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Trump has worked with Cohen for years.

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