President Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, ABC News reported Wednesday, citing sources. A source told the network that the law firm that has been representing Cohen is not expected to work with him going forward. Replacements for the lawyers have not been named.
Attorneys Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison from New York firm McDermott, Will & Emery LLP had previously been representing Cohen. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations. The FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room in April as part of the probe.
Some of the materials taken in the raid were reportedly connected to the $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006. Cohen paid Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, shortly before the 2016 presidential election in an effort to keep her silent about the alleged affair. Trump has acknowledged that he reimbursed Cohen for the payment, but he has denied that the affair with Daniels took place.
A federal judge ruled on Friday that Cohen’s legal team must publicly file any challenge they make against a special master’s decision on evidence seized from Cohen during the raid. Only 162 of the hundreds of thousands of materials seized in the raid have been declared to have attorney-client protection.
Cohen has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.