Michael Cohen Dropped His Legal Representation, Is Expected to Cooperate with Mueller

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The WSJ reports Cohen's attorneys had been reviewing more than 3.7 million documents seized from Cohen, ahead of a Friday deadline set by Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of NY.

Maggie Haberman, the well-connected reporter for the New York Times, says that Trump fixer Michael Cohen isn't trying to send "signals" to President Donald Trump that he needs help with his legal woes in the form of a pardon. Instead, the judge appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones as a "special master" who could examine the materials to resolve any disputes over attorney client privilege.

The FBI raided Cohen's house, hotel and office in April as part of an investigation into some of his business dealings, including a $130,000 payment he made to porn actress Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement to keep her quiet about an alleged affair she had with Trump a decade ago.

It wasn't clear what prompted the change or who would take over.

Law&Crime reached out to both Mr. Ryan and Mr. Harrison for comment, but they did not immediately respond.

Mr. Cohen doesn't yet have a replacement law firm but is searching for a federal criminal lawyer in NY, people familiar with the matter said. While the Journal's sources report that Cohen has not decided whether to cooperate, ABC reports that he will.

President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan. Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud and violating campaign-finance law.

The source said Cohen had not yet met with prosecutors to speak about a potential deal, and it's unclear whether either side is seeking one.

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