Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer of Donald Trump, was preparing to part ways with the legal team that has been representing him in federal court in NY, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
A judge had set a deadline of Friday for Cohen's legal team to finish its review of the seized documents.
Michael Avenatti, who represents Daniels in a lawsuit seeking to void the hush agreement, said news of Cohen's imminent arrest confirms his predictions. Those papers are expected to include Cohen's personal financial dealings, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the 2016 election.
In addition to being the focus of the NY federal investigation, Cohen is also a key player in several threads of the Russian Federation investigation.
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In May, Cohen's longtime business partner Evgeny Freidman agreed to a plea deal in exchange for assisting lawyers in both state and federal investigations.
The President's current lawyer Rudy Giuliani says Cohen has not been cooperating with Mueller. "These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities", Stephen Ryan said.
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Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split.
But Cohen would want a lawyer who has experience working with the Southern District regardless of whether he wants to make a deal or push forward in a potential trial, Dershowitz said. As one report described it, "Of the 291,770 electronic files contained on two of Mr. Cohen's cellphones and on one of his iPads, 148 are privileged and will be withheld if the judge approves".
But there's little question that Trump is very anxious about what Cohen might tell prosecutors.