Politics Michael Cohen under pressure to cooperate with prosecutors

20:13  13 june  2018
20:13  13 june  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Trump Personal Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team

  Trump Personal Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With His Legal Team Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, is parting ways with his legal team as federal prosecutors in New York pursue a criminal investigation of him, according to a person familiar with the case. Under deep financial pressure, Cohen plans to hire a new lawyer for the next phase of the probe, the person said. Cohen’s move to switch lawyers was interpreted by some legal observers as a sign he may seek to cooperate with federal prosecutors. But he could have other motives -- it’s unclear, for example, how Cohen plans to fund his expensive legal defense.

The move could pressure Trump attorney Michael Cohen to reach his own cooperation deal with prosecutors . The deal would require him to cooperate with state and federal prosecutors . Cohen is under investigation for possible bank fraud.

President Trump’s divorce lawyer, said during a CNN appearance on Thursday evening that he thinks Michael Cohen will end up cooperating with prosecutors because And so he’s under pressure from his family to try to figure out what it would take to bring the government aboard as his sponsor.”

Longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen continues to be under pressure to cooperate with federal prosecutors, after the raids of his home and office in April. A federal judge has set a June 15 deadline to determine which records from that raid fall under attorney-client privilege.

CBS News correspondent Jeff Pegues, who has been in contact with Cohen, reports there appear to be changes afoot in his legal strategy going forward — on the key question of whether Cohen is ready to cooperate, or whether he will decide to do battle in court. There's no indication yet, that Cohen is in fact preparing to cooperate with the special counsel. But these are his only two real options, as his case plays out in the Southern District of New York.

Avenatti: 'I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot'

  Avenatti: 'I think that Michael Cohen is in a very, very bad spot' Michael Avenatti responded to news on Wednesday that President Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen will likely cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, saying that Cohen is in a "very, very bad spot.Avenatti, who represents adult-film star Stormy Daniels, said on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that he believed Cohen will be indicted and that he will ultimately "flip" under federal investigation.

A longtime business partner of Michael Cohen , President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors , according to people familiar with the matter. Evgeny “Gene” Freidman, a New York City taxi mogul

Cohen is under criminal investigation by federal prosecutors in New York City. Michael Cohen 's business partner agrees to cooperate as part of plea deal: NYT 12:04 PM ET The Times suggested that Freidman's cooperation "could be used as leverage to pressure Cohen to work with the special

Still, an arrest of Cohen is not imminent — despite what Cohen has apparently been telling people, a person familiar with the matter told CBS News' Pat Milton.

Why Michael Cohen is all over the newsMichael Cohen hearings: What falls under attorney client privilege

A major factor in the Cohen probe is what is covered by attorney-client privilege from the April 9 seizure of more than 3 million items, and what isn't. A special master is reviewing those records to determine what is covered by the privilege. In the first batch of information reviewed, the special master suggested that only about 100 records are covered by attorney-client privilege, Pegues reported. A federal judge has given Cohen's legal team a June 15 deadline to review materials for attorney-client privilege.

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  Rudy Giuliani Says Trump Is ‘Clean As a Whistle’ Trump's lawyer said the president has done nothing wrong.Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted the president is “clean as a whistle” and has nothing to fear from Michael Cohen cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion with Russia.

Trump allies reportedly fear lawyer Michael Cohen will flip and cooperate with prosecutors in probe. The filings indicate that Cohen had been under suspicion by prosecutors for months, and that his email addresses had been secretly monitored for some time before the raids.

A longtime business associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen has agreed to cooperate with state and federal prosecutors , potentially raising pressure on Cohen to assist in the Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.

Mr. Trump, Cohen's client for years, bemoaned the raid of Cohen's records, declaring on Twitter the day after the raids, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

What Cohen decides to do going forward is important not only to his case, but to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates. Mueller has already made multiple indictments as a result of that probe.

Cohen has denied any wrongdoing related to the Russia investigation, and in the case playing out in the Southern District of New York.

— CBS News' Kathryn Watson contributed to this report

Judge OKs small number of privileged items in Cohen case .
A New York judge says the tiny portion of materials seized from President Donald Trump's former personal attorney that were kept from prosecutors mainly pertain to the attorney's communications with other lawyers.Judge Kimba Wood made the disclosure in an order issued Friday in a legal quest by New York attorney Michael Cohen to shield from criminal prosecutors some materials seized from him in April.Prosecutors have said they are scrutinizing his personal business dealings. He has not been charged.

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