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Politics Michael Cohen under pressure to cooperate with prosecutors

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

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.

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.

Cohen signals openness to cooperating with federal investigators

  Cohen signals openness to cooperating with federal investigators President Donald Trump's personal attorney has indicated to family and friends he is willing to cooperate with federal investigators to alleviate pressure, according to a source familiar with the matter. Cohen has expressed anger with the treatment he has gotten from the President, who has minimized his relationship with Cohen, and comments from the President's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the source said. The treatment has left him feeling isolated and more open to cooperating, the source said. Asked by reporters Friday if he was worried about Cohen cooperating, Trump said, "I did nothing wrong, nothing wrong.

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.

Exclusive: Michael Cohen believes Trump and his allies are turning on him

  Exclusive: Michael Cohen believes Trump and his allies are turning on him Jeff Pegues reports that Cohen appears to be moving closer to a legal strategy of cooperating with investigators given the gulf that now exists between him and TrumpCBS News has learned that Michael Cohen, President Trump's longtime personal attorney, believes the president and his allies are turning against him. Sources familiar with Cohen's legal problems say that he is increasingly feeling isolated from Mr. Trump and his allies, and Cohen appears to be moving closer to a legal strategy of cooperating with investigators given the gulf that now exists between him and Mr. Trump.

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

Prosecutors recover 16 pages of shredded Cohen documents: court filing .
Federal prosecutors have reconstructed about 16 pages of shredded documents as part of material seized in raids involving President Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen earlier this year. © Provided by The HillA court filing submitted Friday to the judge in the Southern District of New York who is overseeing the files seized in the April raids states that the documents have been reconstructed and produced for the first time. Prosecutors also announced that FBI agents had recovered more than 700 pages of encrypted messages between Cohen and other recipients from the private chat apps WhatsApp and Signal.

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