Rudy Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump's lawyers in the Russian Federation investigation, says Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, is not cutting a deal with federal prosecutors. Following that deadline, the firm representing Cohen "is not expected to represent him going forward", ABC News reports.
Sources close to Cohen have told reporters that now that document production is nearly complete, he will need a criminal defense attorney in NY; his current lawyer, Stephen Ryan, works out of Washington. Citing unnamed sources, ABC also said Cohen is expected to cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY. The former NY mayor is one of the president's chief attorneys fending off the special counsel's investigation into potential collusion between Russian actors and Trump's campaign in the 2016 election.
Lawyers for Mr. Cohen didn't respond to requests for comment. The Times reported that once the review is complete, Cohen will seek new counsel.
Wednesday it was reported the Cohen is now prepared to flip on Trump in hopes of getting a plea deal from federal prosecutors.
"Michael Cohen, I think, would tell you he's got nothing incriminating with the president", the attorney said. "Trump should be super anxious about Michael Cohen", a former White House official said. Soon after, people in Trump's orbit began discussing the possibility that Cohen would flip.
While Cohen has not been charged with a crime, he is the subject of an investigation by federal prosecutors of alleged wire fraud and other crimes. Cohen is now under federal investigation for wire and bank fraud, as well as possible campaign finance violations. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Cohen has been referred to as President Donald Trump's pit bull, fixer, and consigliere. Cohen wants to hire a lawyer who has a relationship with the USA prosecutor's office in Manhattan, the source added.
Above the Law offers its speculation on possible reasons for the split.
But there's little question that Trump is very anxious about what Cohen might tell prosecutors.