Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 15, 2018,
Jun 15, 2018, 0:35
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. Cohen, who is under federal investigation now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, sources said.
News of McDermott's looming departure from the case comes ahead of a federal judge's Friday deadline to conduct a privilege review over documents seized in the April raid of Cohen's home and offices in NY.
Trump since has revealed that he reimbursed Cohen. "These government tactics are also wrong because Mr. Cohen has cooperated completely with all government entities", Stephen Ryan said. Cohen then went to federal court in Manhattan arguing that his attorneys should be given a first look at the materials seized in the raids for items potentially covered by attorney-client privilege before federal prosecutors could examine the haul.
He explained that such an attorney does "nothing but make deals with the USA attorney's office". The court has given them until Friday to complete the work, which has been time consuming and thus expensive. They just are dealmakers. The Wall Street Journal reported the law firm, which has represented Cohen since June 2017, would part company with him at the end of the week.
He also suggested that even if Cohen is cooperating, Team Trump doesn't care.
"But certainly if you're trying to make a deal, you're much better off having a lawyer who is on much better terms with the U.S. attorney's office", he said. There's no indication yet, that Cohen is in fact preparing to cooperate with the special counsel. In turn, Trump has promoted Dershowitz on his Twitter feed.
The New York Daily News has reported that Cohen is telling friends he expects to be arrested in an investigation that is reportedly focusing on bank fraud, campaign finance violations and other issues. 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.
The focus of Cohen's case in the Southern District is a review of the 3.7 million documents seized from Cohen.
When asked if the Trump team was anxious that Cohen may have tape recordings that exist without their knowledge, Giuliani was firm that the president was and is "clean as a whistle". A special master is reviewing those records to determine what is covered by the privilege.