Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Cohen expected to flip as attorneys leave case

Michael Cohen expected to flip as attorneys leave case

As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's NY properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney, is parting ways with his legal team as he continues to face a federal criminal investigation, according to a person familiar with the case.

The seizure of those documents led Trump to declare "Attorney-Client privilege is dead!"

Cohen has not been charged with a crime, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his home, hotel room and office in early April revealed that prosecutors had zeroed in on his personal financial dealings, including the payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the election.

Cohen, whose office and home were raided in April, has been represented by Ryan and Todd Harrison of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP.

New reports say President Donald Trump's personal lawyer is searching for new attorneys as he's expected to cooperate with authorities.

Ryan and Harrison didn't immediately respond to messages.

Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site
Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site

The investigation is reported to be regarding possible campaign finance violations related to the $130,000 payment made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence regarding an affair she claims to have had with Trump.

The unnamed source who spoke to the NYDN characterized Cohen as "very stressed out" about the possibility of an indictment.

"Trump should be super anxious about Michael Cohen [flipping]", a former White House official said, noting, "If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him".

McDermott Will & Emery, a NY and Washington firm, has been representing Mr. Cohen.

Cohen has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.

Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied interference.

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