Giuliani says Michael Cohen is not cooperating with federal investigators

by Garry Watts June 15, 2018, 0:35
Giuliani says Michael Cohen is not cooperating with federal investigators

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday evening did his best to downplay reports that Michael Cohen may flip on Trump in order to avoid arrest for a score of possible financial crimes. She said that a source close to Cohen said "his lawyers got a call from lawyers at the Southern District of NY saying they were preparing paperwork".

"It looks like once again I'm about to be proven right", Avenatti told The News Tuesday afternoon, noting he said last month that Cohen would be indicted within 90 days.

A team 15 of lawyers hired by Cohen have been going through documents the FBI seized from his offices, to set aside those they argue should be withheld from federal investigators because of attorney-client privilege. Over the past week everyone has been so focused on the trivia of President Trump blowing up the G7 and fawning over Kim like a schoolboy with his first crush that we nearly missed the news that the White House is in nuclear meltdown over Michael Cohen.

U.S. President Donald Trump repaid his attorney Michael Cohen for an expense greater than $100,001 and less than $250,000 that was incurred in 2016, according to ethics disclosures signed by the President that were released by the Office of Government Ethics on Wednesday.

Roughly 3.7 million files were seized in the Cohen raid and are being reviewed to determine which ones may be subject to attorney-client privilege. Mr. Cohen also didn't respond to a request for comment.

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He also spoke of how happy he was that Trump had agreed to meeting with Kim, which no US president has done before. At a news conference wrapping up the summit, Trump told reporters he and Kim "have developed a very special bond".

Federal prosecutors in NY have publicly said they are investigating alleged fraud in Cohen's business dealings, but haven't disclosed details.

In May, Cohen's longtime business partner Evgeny Freidman agreed to a plea deal in exchange for assisting lawyers in both state and federal investigations.

"Michael Cohen, I think, would tell you he's got nothing incriminating with the president", the attorney said. Cohen is under investigation for bank fraud and violating campaign-finance law.

He added that despite earlier reports, he talked to Cohen and doesn't think he will flip.

He's arranged hush-money payments to women alleging they'd had affairs with Trump. But not good news for Team Trump. Two other attorneys handled the bulk of Trump's and his organizations legal work.

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