Cohen likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors

Cohen likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors

Wednesday morning's top story has undoubtedly been the report from ABC's George Stephanopoulos that Michael Cohen - President Donald Trump's lawyer - is parting ways with his attorneys and is on the verge of cooperating with Federal authorities.

A retired judge is reviewing more than 3.7 million items seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation search to determine whether they should be held back from investigators because they are privileged attorney-client communications or are personal.

Trump at the time called the feds' raid "an attack on our country in a true sense" and has railed non-stop against special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard. Federal Judge Kimba Woods set a Friday deadline for that task.

A major factor in the Cohen probe is what is covered by attorney-client privilege from the April 9 seizure of more than 3 million items, and what isn't. But not good news for Team Trump.

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According to the Associated Press, Cohen has been represented in an FBI investigation of his business dealings since 2017 by Stephen Ryan, a Washington lawyer he initially hired to prepare him for congressional testimony. Cohen has not been criminally charged.

Read the full report at ABC News.

Cohen, ABC News reported, is no longer represented by Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the Washington and NY firm McDermott, Will & Emery, and no replacement has been identified.

Lawyers for Mr. Cohen didn't respond to requests for comment.

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