Friday, 19 October, 2018

Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Splits With Legal Team

On the eve of President Trump's birthday it was reported that his attorney Michael Cohen expects to be arrested hire new defense attorneys and cooperate with prosecutors Report: Michael Cohen ‘Likely’ to Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors
Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2018, 06:08

"So he would have had access to lots of very personal information involving his business dealings".

Dershowitz has proven to be somewhat of an ally to Trump as he combats the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, as Dershowitz has argued against what he sees as overreach from investigators.

White House officials in turn are reportedly concerned that the possibility of an arrest will cause Cohen to flip on Trump.

They were anxious, experts said, because as Trump's lawyer and a member of his innermost circle, Cohen could do a lot of damage if he were backed into a corner.

The firm's spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment. That means Cohen would be cooperating not only with the Manhattan US attorney's office but with any other federal criminal inquiries - like the Russian Federation investigation - that he may have information about. "I think he's risky in a bunch of different ways".

After the raids, Mr. Trump blasted the Cohen investigation.

Kim on night tour in Singapore ahead of summit
Trump also tweeted: "Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly. but in the end, that doesn't matter. It would be the first meeting between a sitting USA president and a North Korean leader since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford, set up a crowdfunding page with Avenatti's assistance in March to pay for her lawsuit and her legal fees.

Avenatti made the opposite argument when he put forward evidence that longtime Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen had used a Trump Organization email address when negotiating a non-disclosure agreement that got Daniels a $130,000 "hush" payment.

ABC News and the Wall Street Journal first reported the expected legal change. The meeting, organized by Trump's business associate Felix Sater, concerned a proposed plan that would have ended the conflict in Ukraine and eventually lifted US sanctions placed on Russia - a priority for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The magazine never published her story.

Frank claims he is owed millions for past legal work, and filed legal papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in California seeking to force the the return of up to $10 million, using funds from 54 cases, the LA Times reported. McDougal settled her lawsuit.

He's arranged hush-money payments to women alleging they'd had affairs with Trump.

Freidman is a Russian immigrant who's worked with Cohen in the NY taxi industry for several years and is known as the "Taxi King".