Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney and fixer, is parting ways with his legal team as federal prosecutors in NY pursue a criminal investigation of him, according to a person familiar with the case.
Cohen has denied any wrongdoing related to the Russian Federation investigation, and in the case playing out in the Southern District of NY. There are also reports that some members of Ryan's firm, McDermott Will & Emery, are uncomfortable representing Cohen in his NY case, which suggests that there may be something really unpleasant about it.
Cohen's attorneys have until Friday to finish their review of over 3.7 million documents seized from his home, office and hotel room in April. Two sources who are familiar with a warrant in the case told ABC News in April that federal agents were hunting for records tied to Cohen's personal business dealings and secret deals with Trump's alleged mistresses, media organizations and the 2016 presidential campaign.
Less than 1% of the documents seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's offices were said to be protected under attorney-client privilege. Mr. Cohen also didn't respond to a request for comment. ABC was the first with the report.
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"He's not cooperating, nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong", Giuliani said of Cohen.
The probe has taken a toll on Cohen, who has expressed worries about the financial burden of mounting a legal defense against federal prosecutors with extensive resources, according to a friend who spoke with Cohen in the past few days.
One former federal prosecutor pointed out that several news reports had highlighted that Trump and his associates were nervous about Cohen flipping.
"There's no question in my mind he's going to be indicted, and there's no question in my mind he's going to try to flip on the president", Avenatti said.
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Cohen has served as a longtime lawyer and fixer to Trump.
Trump since has revealed that he reimbursed Cohen.
On the other hand, the reporting to this point does not specify exactly what the payment dispute is about, so it's possible that it concerns an apparent conflict of interest for Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan.
But there's little question that Trump is very anxious about what Cohen might tell prosecutors.
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