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Dershowitz: Privilege Issues Could Limit Michael Cohen's Help to Mueller

Dershowitz: Privilege Issues Could Limit Michael Cohen's Help to Mueller

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told Business Insider on Wednesday that it appears likely that President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer is seeking an attorney who specializes in dealmaking after reportedly separating from his existing legal team.

Mr. Cohen doesn't yet have a replacement law firm but is searching for a federal criminal lawyer in NY, people familiar with the matter said.

Cohen has admitted that he made a $130,000 payment shortly before the 2016 election to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 and was paid to keep quiet about it. Cohen did not acknowledge the payment until after it became public through media reports.

Federal District Court Judge Kimba Woods appointed a special master to review the documents for attorney-client privilege issues, a process that is to be completed by Friday.

President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen is facing pressure to share information related to the Russian Federation investigation.

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

On Wednesday morning, MSNBC's Katy Tur reported that her sources confirmed the report that Cohen expects to be arrested imminently. If Cohen were planning to cooperate, he wouldn't need lawyers as expensive as those at McDermott, the blog says.

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President Donald Trump was furious when it surfaced in April that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had raided properties of Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer.

A pardon of Cohen may not help Trump as much as people think.

At this point, there are no indications that Cohen has discussed a plea deal in the fraud investigation and he has not been charged.

Trump has said he never had an affair with Daniels. Cohen then went to federal court in Manhattan arguing that his attorneys should be given a first look at the materials seized in the raids for items potentially covered by attorney-client privilege before federal prosecutors could examine the haul.

But Cohen would want a lawyer who has experience working with the Southern District regardless of whether he wants to make a deal or push forward in a potential trial, Dershowitz said. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

On the other hand, the reporting to this point does not specify exactly what the payment dispute is about, so it's possible that it concerns an apparent conflict of interest for Cohen's attorney, Stephen Ryan.

Trump has worked with Cohen for years.


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