This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard. "And they've turned it into another charge against him". The WSJ's report also clarified that Cohen is now "searching for a federal criminal lawyer in New York" and noted that Cohen wanted an attorney "with close ties to the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office". Recall: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, performing a raid on behalf of SDNY prosecutors, seized voluminous files-both digital and analog-from Cohen's various living quarters and offices on April 9 of this year. This was an extraordinary step, one that requires multiple layers of approval from not just a judge but also Justice Department officials.
One former federal prosecutor pointed out that several news reports had highlighted that Trump and his associates were nervous about Cohen flipping.
During the hearing earlier this month, Wood expressed concern over the pace of the Cohen team's processing and production of potentially privileged material to attorneys for Trump and the Trump Organization for review.
A pardon of Cohen may not help Trump as much as people think. That leaves an very bad lot for prosecutors to examine.
"There's no question in my mind he's going to be indicted, and there's no question in my mind he's going to try to flip on the president", Avenatti said. Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 and was then paid $130,000 to keep quiet about it, has also asked to join the case.
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We should be clear that it's at least possible this all has nothing to do with Trump. Another possibility is Cohen plans to represent himself.
Cotter said that before the government agrees to a plea deal, prosecutors typically sit down with a defendant's attorney and later with the defendant for a proffer session, during which a defendant tells prosecutors what they know.
Cohen has worked for Trump in various capacities since 2011.
This story is still developing, and there will be more to learn.
The change in lawyers is said to be prompted by both the anticipation of an indictment that will require different legal expertise, and a dispute over huge legal fees. Then you might want to familiarize yourself with who Trump is.