Cohen may ax le­gal team when re­view is fin­ished

USA TODAY US Edition - - NEWS - Kevin John­son and Christal Hayes

Michael Cohen, a per­sonal lawyer and long­time fixer for Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, is ex­pected to break with his cur­rent le­gal team that is rep­re­sent­ing Cohen in a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his busi­ness deal­ings, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said Wed­nes­day.

Lawyers Stephen Ryan and Todd Har­ri­son, at the McDer­mott, Will & Emery law firm, have been rep­re­sent­ing Cohen in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that led to a raid on his home, office and ho­tel room. The ex­pected split has led to ques­tions about whether Cohen will co­op­er­ate with prose­cu­tors in the on­go­ing probe into his busi­ness deal­ings.

The per­son, who is not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about the mat­ter, said a switch would likely not take place un­til a court-or­dered re­view of doc­u­ments seized in the raid was com­pleted. The dead­line for the re­view is Fri­day.

Nei­ther Cohen nor his lawyers re­sponded to a re­quest for com­ment from USA TO­DAY.

ABC News first broke the news of Cohen’s change in coun­sel.

The change wasn’t made in fed­eral court as of Wed­nes­day after­noon. The court would no­tify the judge and prose­cu­tors of his change in coun­sel.

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Michael Cohen’s at­tor­neys have been go­ing through mil­lions of doc­u­ments.

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