Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With Legal Team

Marsha Scott
June 15, 2018

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is no longer being represented by any attorney, a sign that he might be willing to cooperate with prosecutors in the case against him.

Cohen is now represented in the matter by attorneys Todd Harrison and Steve Ryan, with the New York City-based firm of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

A source familiar with the NY litigation, where a review is underway of documents seized from Cohen in April, indicated the reports that Cohen is splitting with his lawyers appeared to be correct.

Cohen's change of course comes just days before a federal judge in NY is set to wrap up a review of evidence seized when the FBI raided his residences and offices in April.

Without legal representation, it is likely that Mr. Cohen will cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY, a source told ABC News. A McDermott spokeswoman did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

On Wednesday morning, MSNBC's Katy Tur reported that her sources confirmed the report that Cohen expects to be arrested imminently.

Wednesday it was reported the Cohen is now prepared to flip on Trump in hopes of getting a plea deal from federal prosecutors.

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Colbert also asked Avenatti to assess the latest news about Michael Cohen and what it meant for Donald Trump.

"Not a good look and a disaster for Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump", he said.

At this point, there are no indications that Cohen has discussed a plea deal in the fraud investigation and he has not been charged. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood previously gave Cohen's team a Friday deadline for their first review.

He has been making damning headlines ever since it was revealed in January that he brokered a hush agreement between Trump and porn star Stormy Daniels.

What Cohen decides to do going forward is important not only to his case, but to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates.

Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split. His new attorneys will rack up considerable billable hours familiarizing themselves with the seized documents he and the Trump organization just paid 15 of Cohen's soon-to-be former attorneys to comb through.

Trump has worked with Cohen for years.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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