The lawyers for President Donald Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen are about to leave the case.
That could lead him to cooperate with the government.
“I think the likelihood of Mr. Cohen immediately flipping on the president just went through the roof,” Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, told Business Insider.
The attorneys for President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen are about to leave the case, ABC News reported Wednesday.
Without any legal representation, Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York,sources told ABC News. He is currently under investigation for possible campaign-finance violations, bank fraud, and wire fraud following the FBI’s April raids on his home, office, and hotel room.
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. ABC News identified a “source representing this matter” as telling them that Cohen was about to lose his legal representation. The development is believed to be imminent, and no replacement counsel was identified as of Wednesday morning.
Cohen, Ryan, Harrison, and Evans did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider. Joanna Hendon, the attorney representing Trump in the case, did not respond to a request for comment. Neither did Alan Futerfas, the attorney representing The Trump Organization, or Trump’s outside attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
As of Wednesday morning, the attorneys had not filed to Wood a notice to withdraw from the case.
The ABC News story followed multiple reports Tuesday that Cohen told associates he expected to be arrested in a matter of days. Responding to Vanity Fair’s report on that topic, Cohen said in a text message to the publication, “Your alleged source is wrong!”
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels, told Business Insider that the reported “abandonment” of Cohen by his attorneys “is an unmitigated disaster for” Trump and his longtime lawyer.
“I think the likelihood of Mr. Cohen immediately flipping on the president just went through the roof,” Avenatti said. “Our case gets better every day.”
The Wall Street Journal soon followed up the ABC News report, saying that Cohen’s attorneys are expected to stop representing him. However, a source told The Journal that Cohen had not yet decided whether he will cooperate with prosecutors. Cohen is searching for a lawyer with close ties to the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, The Journal reported.
Moments later, CNN reported that Cohen and his attorneys had split, and that Cohen had already found a new lawyer whose name is not yet known. A source told CNN that Cohen had not yet met with prosecutors to try and cut a deal. It was not clear if such a deal was being sought, CNN reported.
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