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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving

Report: Michael Cohen ‘Likely’ to Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors Cohen likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors
Jeannette Daniel | 13 June, 2018, 21:38

Attorneys who have been representing President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen during a federal criminal investigation will be leaving the case, according to a new report from ABC News.

Only 162 of the hundreds of thousands of materials seized in the raid have been declared to have attorney-client protection.

After the raids, Mr. Trump blasted the Cohen investigation.

Rather, she says that Cohen is "increasingly likely to flip" and cooperate with federal investigators to get a reduced sentence. But after that review is finished, he will seek new legal counsel, the people familiar with his case said.

Ryan and Harrison didn't immediately respond to messages.

When agents searched Cohen's home, office and safety deposit box and seized his phones this spring, they sought a wide variety of information, including his involvement in arranging a secret $130,000 payment to the porn actress Stormy Daniels, who said she had a sexual tryst with Trump years ago.

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Cohen has been represented since 2017 by Stephen Ryan, a Washington lawyer initially hired to prepare him for congressional testimony about alleged Russian interference in the presidential election.

ABC News was first to report on the legal team change Wednesday.

A source told the New York Daily News that Cohen is "very stressed out" about a potential indictment, and that "none of it is good".

"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". Cohen has not been criminally charged.

Trump has acknowledged that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but he has denied that the affair with Daniels took place.

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