To Flip Or Not To Flip, That Is The Question For Michael Cohen
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So far, President Donald Trump’s longtime confidant and former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has been represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and New York firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. But they are not expected to continue representing Cohen, according to a report by ABC News. Among various reasons, fee dispute is one of the reasons for Cohen’s need to change counsel.
Cohen had been under criminal investigation for months, since the April 9, 2018, FBI raids of Cohen’s New York apartment and office. Now, without legal representation, he is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Manhattan. A former White House official said, “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen….If any one can blow up trump, it’s him.”
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Kimba Wood appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones to act as a “special master” to conduct an impartial review of the material obtained from the FBI raids and to referee any disputes between Cohen and the government. Trump and Trump Organization intervened in the case and were granted access to review the materials for potentially privileged items. Last week, Judge Jones reported that only 162 out of the first 300,000 total items reviewed were covered by attorney-client privilege. She rejected three items that Cohen, Trump, or the Trump Organization designated as privileged. Judge Wood had given Cohen’s attorneys until Friday to complete the review of the remaining documents. Any remaining items to be examined would be turned over to a team of federal prosecutors not connected to the case to complete the examination of the documents.
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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