Michael Cohen

Experts reacted to news that President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was breaking up with his legal team.
They explained what rationale could be behind the surprise parting of ways, and if the split means it is more likely Cohen will soon agree to cooperate with prosecutors.
Cohen is under criminal investigation for possible campaign-finance violations, bank fraud, and wire fraud following the FBI’s April raids on his home, office, and hotel room.

Wednesday’s widespread reporting that President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen was breaking up with his legal team brought the latest wave of attention to the criminal investigation he is at the center of in the Southern District of New York.

Experts who spoke with Business Insider explained what rationale could be behind the surprise parting of ways, and if the split means it is more likely Cohen will soon agree to cooperate with prosecutors.

Earlier in the day, multiple reports said Cohen’s lawyers were set to stop representing him in the case. Sources told ABC News that this change made it likely that Cohen would cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan, where he is under criminal investigation for possible campaign-finance violations, bank fraud, and wire fraud following the FBI’s raids on his home, office, and hotel room in April.

Attorneys Stephen Ryan, Joseph Evans, and Todd Harrison have represented Cohen in the investigation, which has so far featured several hearings before US District Judge Kimba Wood related to the documents seized by the FBI. The attorneys had not yet filed to Wood a notice to withdraw from the case.

The New York Times reported that Cohen’s legal team is expected to stay with him until the end of the week as they race to finish reviewing the vast array of documents, a trove of which still had to be reviewed for privilege designations. In a late May hearing, Wood ordered Cohen’s team to complete that review by Friday. The Times reported that once the review is complete, Cohen will seek new counsel.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Cohen is seeking a lawyer with close ties to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Meanwhile, multiple reports said Cohen had not yet decided whether to cooperate with prosecutors, and had not met with prosecutors in hopes of cutting a deal.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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Experts explain why Michael Cohen would make the surprising decision to break up with his lawyers — and if he’s signaling he may be ready to flip

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