Cohen hunts for new lawyers

The Oklahoman - - NEWS - BY TOM HAYS As­so­ci­ated Press

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump's per­sonal lawyer, is search­ing for a new le­gal team to rep­re­sent him in an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion of his busi­ness deal­ings.

A per­son fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day that Cohen's cur­rent le­gal team plans to stop han­dling the case and that Cohen has be­gun a hunt for new at­tor­neys.

It wasn't im­me­di­ately clear what prompted the change or who would take over. The per­son, who wasn't au­tho­rized to dis­cuss the mat­ter and spoke to the AP on con­di­tion of anonymity, also noted that Cohen has not yet held any dis­cus­sions with pros­e­cu­tors about po­ten­tially co­op­er­at­ing in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Cohen has been rep­re­sented since 2017 by Stephen Ryan, a Wash­ing­ton lawyer ini­tially hired to pre­pare him for con­gres­sional tes­ti­mony about al­leged Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Af­ter FBI agents raided Cohen's of­fice in April, Ryan and his New York part­ner, Todd Har­ri­son, went to court to try to keep in­ves­ti­ga­tors from see­ing some of the con­fis­cated files on the grounds that they were pro­tected by at­tor­ney-client priv­i­lege. The pair, along with lawyers for Trump, has been work­ing for weeks to iden­tify doc­u­ments that should be with­held from pros­e­cu­tors.

The le­gal teams were fac­ing a dead­line of the end of this week to get much of that work com­plete," he said.

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