Michael Cohen Dropped His Legal Representation, Is Expected to Cooperate with Mueller

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As attorneys for Michael Cohen rush to meet Judge Kimba Wood's Friday deadline to complete a privilege review of over 3.7 million documents seized in the April 9 raids of Cohen's NY properties and law office, a source representing this matter has disclosed to ABC News that the law firm handling the case for Cohen is not expected to represent him going forward.

Michael Cohen, who was President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, is likely preparing to cooperate with federal prosecutors once he is dropped by the law firm that has been representing him, ABC News reports. Instead, the judge appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones as a "special master" who could examine the materials to resolve any disputes over attorney client privilege. Replacements for the lawyers have not been named.

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"Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in NY, sources said", according to ABC News.

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. Phone messages left for Ryan were not immediately returned. Those papers are expected to include Cohen's personal financial dealings, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the 2016 election.

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ABC News was first to report on the legal team change Wednesday. "Trump should be super anxious about Michael Cohen", a former White House official said.

Rudy Giuliani, another member of Trump's legal team, said last month that Cohen was no longer representing Trump.

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It isn't unusual for high-profile figures facing potential criminal charges to look for attorneys who have deep experience in the court where the case is expected to be tried, and a track record of negotiating with local prosecutors.

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