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Cohen ‘Likely’ to Cooperate

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Melinda Barton | 13 June, 2018, 21:37

Cohen has reportedly made the decision as his lawyers race toward a Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of documents seized from his home and office in April.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat you need to know about Tuesday's elections Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary Laxalt, Sisolak to face off in Nevada governor's race MORE's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, ABC News reported Wednesday, citing sources.

It wasn't clear what prompted the change or who would take over.

Cohen has found a new lawyer, but the name of Cohen's new lawyer was not yet known. (Reached for comment, Cohen wrote in a text message, "Your alleged source is wrong!") The specter of Cohen flipping has Trump advisers on edge.

Without legal representation, it is likely that Mr. Cohen will cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY, a source told ABC News.

The seized documents related to several matters, including Trump's payment to porn star Stephanie Clifford, who goes by Stormy Daniels. While the Journal's sources report that Cohen has not decided whether to cooperate, ABC reports that he will.

Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site
Porn Star Stormy Daniels is paying for her legal defense through a crowd-funded site

"Trump should be super anxious about Michael Cohen [flipping]", a former White House official said, noting, "If anyone can blow up Trump, it's him".

Earlier this week, Vanity Fair and the New York Daily News reported that Cohen has been telling friends he expects to be arrested any day now.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Cohen sued April 13 to try to block prosecutors from looking at communications protected by attorney-client privilege.

Daniels alleges an affair with Trump, which the president has denied.