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Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen expected to cooperate; legal team leaving

The Wall Street Journal confirmed the story Wednesday with "a person familiar with the matter".

A retired judge is reviewing more than 3.7 million items seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation search to determine whether they should be held back from investigators because they are privileged attorney-client communications or are personal.

Todd Harrison and Stephen Ryan of McDermott, Will & Emery LLP attorneys represented Cohen until now.

A special master determined last week that just 162 of the 300,000 items she reviewed were protected by attorney-client privilege.

"There's a lot of speculation about whether Mr. Cohen can pay Mr. Ryan's fees", the Fox Business correspondent continued.

The seized documents related to several matters, including Trump's payment to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by Stormy Daniels. Trump tweeted after the raid.




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.

It's unclear if who will represent Cohen moving forward.

The reaction to the news that Michael Cohen's lawyers have quit has been swift.

According to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman, a Cohen ally claims that the lawyer is signaling to Trump that he needs his aid.

His original attorneys, including a Washington-based partner and a New York-based partner from the large firm McDermott Will & Emery, have not yet told the judge overseeing his case in NY, where Cohen is challenging prosecutors' ability to see all the documents they seized. "It's an attack on all we stand for", President Trump said during a meeting with senior military leadership at the White House in April.

At least one reporter has said that despite the departure of his lawyers and the whispers of cooperation with the feds, Cohen is sending a message to Trump for help.


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