Monday, 18 June, 2018

Michael Cohen under pressure to cooperate with prosecutors

Cohen likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors Modal Trigger Getty Images
Sammy Stanley | 13 June, 2018, 22:20

Federal Judge Kimba Woods set a Friday deadline for that task.

Trump allies view the legal cloud hanging over Trump's former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, as at least as ominous as the obstruction investigation.

On Wednesday, ABC News and other outlets reported that Cohen was expected to lose legal representation.

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized in the Cohen raid and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege. 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.

Cohen's lawyers Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP, a Washington and NY firm, have been representing Cohen and are facing a Friday deadline to complete a review of documents seized by federal prosecutors in an April raid on Cohen's home and office.

"He expects to be arrested because his lawyers, he says-to the friend-got a call from lawyers at the SDNY saying they're preparing paperwork", Tur reported.

Sanford upset in GOP primary
In the past, Sanford said the president should " just shut up " and "quit responding" to critics and focus on the issues at hand. The primaries are sleepy, but the two states will be among the nation's most competitive Senate battlegrounds in the fall.

It's not clear what ABC's sources believe is the link between the lawyers dumping Cohen and his potential cooperation with prosecutors.

National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss told Law&Crime earlier Wednesday that the Cohen news is a big deal for Trump.

Mr. Cohen hasn't yet decided whether he will cooperate with prosecutors in the case, according to one of those people.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He hasn't been charged with any crime.

Tur also confirmed reporting about Cohen's split with his law firm. "These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities, including providing thousands of non-privileged documents to the Congress and sitting for depositions under oath", Ryan added.

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