Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team

She said that a source close to Cohen said "his lawyers got a call from lawyers at the Southern District of NY saying they were preparing paperwork".

After FBI agents raided Cohen's office in April, Ryan and his NY partner, Todd Harrison, went to court to try to keep investigators from seeing some of the confiscated files on the grounds that they were protected by attorney client privilege.

Patrick Cotter, a longtime former federal prosecutor who has worked with members of the special counsel Robert Mueller's team, said it was likely that Cohen's initial lawyers split because he raised the possibility of cooperating with prosecutors amid his mounting legal troubles.

"Mr. Ryan's abandonment of his client is a disaster for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump", Michael Avenatti, an attorney for the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, said in an email.

His representation in the NY case so far, especially the court-ordered document review to make sure that attorney-client privilege isn't unduly breached, is costing a fortune. Mr. Cohen also didn't respond to a request for comment.

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

According to the reporting done by Fox, President Trump has done nothing to make Michael Cohen think he has his back.

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. "These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities", Stephen Ryan said. Cohen is now under federal investigation for wire and bank fraud, as well as possible campaign finance violations.

He's arranged hush-money payments to women alleging they'd had affairs with Trump.

"The key is to find out who the new lawyer is", Dershowitz told Business Insider, adding that Cohen could be seeking out a NY attorney he refers to as "prosecutors in defense attorney's clothing". 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". "If Trump broke the law with respect to collusion with Russian Federation during the campaign or in other respects, it is very possible that Cohen knows about it".

Trump since has revealed that he reimbursed Cohen.

Cohen has worked for Trump in various capacities since 2011.

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