Michael Cohen reportedly separating with his lawyers in federal case

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For a decade, Cohen has served as one of Trump's most trusted aides, scouting foreign real estate deals and handling sensitive transactions, including a hush deal made with the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels on the eve of the presidential election. The Wall Street Journal confirmed the story Wednesday with "a person familiar with the matter".

Attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison from NY firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP had previously been representing Cohen.

Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site
Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site

A federal judge has set a June 15 deadline to determine which records from that raid fall under attorney-client privilege.

The New York Timesreported the law firm will stay with Cohen until the end of the week as his team reviews documents seized during an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office and residence in April. (Reached for comment, Cohen wrote in a text message, "Your alleged source is wrong!") The specter of Cohen flipping has Trump advisers on edge. Trump tweeted after the raid.


Cohen's move to switch lawyers is being interpreted by some legal observers as a sign he may be seeking to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

Cohen, ABC News reported, is no longer represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and NY firm McDermott, Will & Emery, and no replacement has been identified. "It's an attack on all we stand for", President Trump said during a meeting with senior military leadership at the White House in April.


It's not clear what ABC's sources believe is the link between the lawyers dumping Cohen and his potential cooperation with prosecutors. "That is really now on a whole new level of unfairness". The New York Times said an issue with payment of legal bills prompted the change.

The criminal probe into Cohen's business dealings stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether Trump's 2016 campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the USA presidential election.


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