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.
We're not talking here about special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of the Russian Federation scandal; this has to do with the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY. Ryan and Harrison did not respond to questions about the expected legal change, which was first reported by ABC News.
Cohen hasn't hired new lawyers yet.
The New York Times reported that Cohen's legal team is expected to stay with him until the end of the week as they race to finish reviewing the vast array of documents, a trove of which still had to be reviewed for privilege designations.
Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, told Stephen Colbert on Wednesday that he expects Michael Cohen to be indicted, arrested and eventually flip on President Donald Trump. The former NY mayor is one of the president's chief attorneys fending off the special counsel's investigation into potential collusion between Russian actors and Trump's campaign in the 2016 election.
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime fixer and attorney, arrives to a court hearing in Manhattan in April.
Vanity Fair's Emily Jane Fox, who seems well connected to Cohen and his circle, filled in the blanks, reporting that Cohen feels isolated and pushed away by the Trump inner circle and the Trump family.
While Cohen could receive a pardon for any federal crimes from Trump, he could still be prosecuted on the state level.
The President said, "They haven't been convicted of anything". Cohen is now under federal investigation for wire and bank fraud, as well as possible campaign finance violations.
He added that despite earlier reports, he talked to Cohen and doesn't think he will flip.
Federal prosecutors in NY have publicly said they are investigating alleged fraud in Cohen's business dealings, but haven't disclosed details.
Trump has said he never had an affair with Daniels.
Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split. In a late May hearing, Wood ordered Cohen's team to complete that review by Friday.
But there's little question that Trump is very anxious about what Cohen might tell prosecutors.