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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say

By George Stephanopoulos
Jun 13, 2018, 10:49 AM ET

As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood’s Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen’s New York properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward.

To date, 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 as of this time.

Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.

After the federal raids on Cohen’s properties, President Trump lashed out in a tweet, writing, “Attorney-client privilege is dead!”

He told reporters at the White House that the move against his longtime personal attorney, which he likened to a break-in, was a “disgraceful situation.”

“It’s an attack on our country in a true sense. It’s an attack on all we stand for,” the president said during a meeting with senior military leadership at the White House. “That is really now on a whole new level of unfairness.”

Cohen then went to federal court in Manhattan arguing that his attorneys should be given a first look at the materials seized in the raids for items potentially covered by attorney-client privilege before federal prosecutors could examine the haul.

Judge Wood subsequently 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 between Cohen and the government. Trump and the Trump Organization intervened in the case and were also granted access to review the materials for potentially privileged items.

Jones reported last week that of the first 300,000 items reviewed, she had determined that just 162 of them were covered by attorney-client privilege. She rejected three items that Cohen, Trump or the Trump organization had designated as privileged.

Judge Wood has given Cohen’s attorneys until Friday to complete the review of the remaining documents. Any remaining items to be reviewed would be turned over to a team of federal prosecutors unconnected to the case to complete the examination of the documents.

ABC News' James Hill contributed to this report.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/trump-law...perate-attorneys-leave-case/story?id=55861988
 

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BREAKING NEWS: Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate with prosecutors and replace his lawyers as he tells friends he'll be arrested in a matter of days

  • Cohen served as the longtime lawyer for Donald Trump
  • He has been under criminal investigation for potential bank and wire fraud as well as tax issues relating to his taxi business
  • He said he used a home bank loan to wire $130,000 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels
  • The firm handling discovery of a trove documents from an FBI raid is no longer expected to represent him
  • The developments come hours after Trump returned to the U.S. from Singapore
  • The president is under pressure to answer questions from Mueller directly
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ed-cooperate-prosecutors-replace-lawyers.html
 

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Giuliani DENIES former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is set to cooperate with federal prosecutors and refuses to say if the president told Cohen to contact Russians about Moscow building project

  • Giuliani said of Cohen: 'He's not cooperating'
  • The former New York City mayor made a TV appearance after strong indications Cohen may be cooperating with prosecutors
  • 'He's got nothing incriminating with the president,' Giuliani said of Cohen adding 'They're torturing the guy'
  • Cohen has been under criminal investigation for bank and wire fraud as well as tax issues
  • Giuliani refused to address a question about whether Trump ordered Cohen to reach out to the Russians on building a Trump Tower Moscow
  • Giuliani: 'I can't tell you that, that would be confidence, but the reality is, it wouldn't matter. I mean, nothing came of it'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-Cohen-set-cooperate-federal-prosecutors.html
 

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Can’t see how a guy who invested in NYC taxi medalions will have any important information for the feds. Maybe he knows of a local purse snatching ring but that’s probably it.
 

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Taxi medallions once owned by 'Kingpin' and convicted tax fraudster Evgeny Freidman, who was a business partner of Trump's laywer Michael Cohen, sell at auction for $24MILLION

  • Evgeny Freidman's former taxi medallions were sold for more than $24million
  • The auction took place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Queens Thursday
  • A total of 139 taxi medallions were sold during the highly-anticipated auction
  • The 47-year-old businessman pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud last month
  • Freidman once operated a taxi medallion business with President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...belonging-Evgeny-Freidman-sold-24MILLION.html
 

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Taxi medallions once owned by 'Kingpin' and convicted tax fraudster Evgeny Freidman, who was a business partner of Trump's laywer Michael Cohen, sell at auction for $24MILLION

  • Evgeny Freidman's former taxi medallions were sold for more than $24million
  • The auction took place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Queens Thursday
  • A total of 139 taxi medallions were sold during the highly-anticipated auction
  • The 47-year-old businessman pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud last month
  • Freidman once operated a taxi medallion business with President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...belonging-Evgeny-Freidman-sold-24MILLION.html
170,000 each, Ouch!
 

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Michael Cohen asks judge to GAG 'publicity-seeking' Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti after 'his 121 TV appearances and 439 tweets related to the case in three months’

  • Los Angeles judge has been asked to stop Michael Avenatti speaking to the press
  • Avenatti, representing Stormy Daniels, slammed the move as 'unethical'
  • Daniels's lawyer is 'driven by unquenchable thirst for publicity', say documents
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-Stormy-Danielss-attorney-TV-appearances.html
 

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Cohen signals willingness to cooperate with Feds
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President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators to alleviate the pressure on himself and his family, according to a source familiar with the matter.
 

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Cohen Willing To Turn "Angry At Treatment From Trump": CNN


by Tyler Durden
Fri, 06/15/2018 - 12:10


In a headline that seems to get trotted out every two or three days, CNN is reporting that Michael Cohen is seriously considering cooperating with prosecutors from the Southern District of New York to lighten the pressure on himself and his family. The story was sourced to "a source familiar with the matter," which is interesting, because the story reads like a message drafted by Cohen - a message urging President Trump to do more to help his personal attorney, who has been said to know "where the bodies are buried" at the Trump Organization.

The tone of the story makes us wonder if the "source" cited by CNN is, in fact, Cohen himself. Line by line, the story has a suspicious consistency. Cohen has "expressed anger" at "the treatment he's received from the president" accusing Trump of "minimizing his relationship" with his former personal attorney - an obvious reference to an interview with Fox & Friends where Trump said Cohen handled "a tiny fraction" of his overall legal work, a comment that was said to have bothered Cohen.





Furthermore, in what sounds like Cohen making clear that there's still time for Trump to pitch in, CNN added that Cohen hasn't met with prosecutors to discuss a deal - though it's something that he's apparently considering.

Cohen has expressed anger with the treatment he has gotten from the President, who has minimized his relationship with Cohen, and comments from the President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the source said. The treatment has left him feeling isolated and more open to cooperating, the source said.​
[...]​
Pressure on Cohen has been building since an April FBI raid on his home, office and hotel room when agents seized over a dozen electronic devices and multiple boxes of documents.​
It isn't known which particular remarks by the President or his allies have irked Cohen -- or if it is the totality of them -- but tensions have grown since the FBI raid.​
Cohen has not met with prosecutors to discuss any potential deal. He is currently seeking new lawyers with the goal to find a legal team with experience appearing before judges in the Southern District of New York and working with the US attorney's office in Manhattan, CNN reported earlier this week.​
If Cohen does cooperate with investigators, it isn't clear what specific information he would provide. But the President's longtime "fixer" has worked inside the Trump Organization for a decade and was involved with, among other things, discussions to brand a Trump Tower in Moscow.​

Cohen is also in the process of changing legal teams as his lawyers are finishing up the review of millions of documents seized by the FBI to determine which ones might be protected by attorney client privilege. At this point, Cohen probably hasn't made the final decision about whether to cooperate. Whatever happens will likely depend on how Trump and his allies respond to this coded message. If this is accurate, it doesn't reflect well on CNN, which basically allowed itself to be played by a source. In fact, it's difficult to justify publishing this, aside from knowing that it would get traffic that web editors so desperately crave.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-06-15/cohen-willing-turn-angry-treatment-trump-cnn