President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has split with the legal team that has shepherded him through a criminal investigation that included a high-profile FBI raid, a source familiar with the change said Wednesday.
Cohen's lawyers had been scrambling to meet federal Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's NY home, office and hotel room, the network reported.
Cohen has been represented since 2017 by Stephen Ryan, a Washington lawyer initially hired to prepare him for congressional testimony.
Attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison from NY firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP had previously been representing Cohen.
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Tuesday, Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair reported Michael Cohen-who is under criminal investigation in NY over his business dealings-"has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now". Cohen wants to hire a lawyer who has a relationship with the US prosecutor's office in Manhattan, the source added.
ABC News also reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of Cohen's office and residence was related to a warrant involving his "personal business dealings and secret deals with alleged mistresses, media organizations and the 2016 presidential campaign". Cohen, in a text message to Sherman, told the reporter his "alleged source is wrong", but Sherman stood by the acount.
Still, sources told ABC that the new developments with regard to Cohen are expected to hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.
A replacement firm has not been named, ABC News said.
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Trump has repeatedly said there was no collusion, and Russian Federation has denied interference.
Trump's personal lawyer also handled many of his business dealings over the decades.
A federal judge has set a June 15 deadline to determine which records from that raid fall under attorney-client privilege. "If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him".
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