Sunday, June 17, 2018

Oh, That Kind of Lawyer. Cohen Seems Ready to Roll.

It was reported last week that long time Trump fixer, Michael Cohen, was changing lawyers. At first word was that he wanted something a little downscale, less costly, someone who knew how to take on federal prosecutors from the New York southern district.

The remarkably accurate McClatchey News claims to have learned what Cohen's really looking for in his new counsel - somebody really good at plea bargaining.

And at least one wealthy friend was recently asked by Cohen to consider buying a pricey New York apartment that the embattled embattled Trump "fixer" with over a decade of business ties to Donald J. Trump is attempting to unload amid mounting legal bills, according to a source who spoke with the potential buyer. Cohen, his father Fima Shusterman and other family members own numerous properties in the New York area. 
A lawyer who turned down overtures from Cohen’s camp said he did so because he wasn’t experienced in plea deals, which he said was one of the areas of strength Cohen had been seeking in new legal representation. 
If Cohen agrees to cooperate with federal investigators in return for leniency, legal experts say, it could mean huge trouble for Trump, since the lawyer straddles both the political and business empires of the real estate mogul. While the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York has reportedly been investigating Cohen's personal business dealings including a once-thriving taxi company, Cohen could become a star witness against the president if he became a government witness and had information pertinent to Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broad investigation into Russia's 2016 meddling in the U.S. election. It was Mueller's office that referred certain information about Cohen to New York prosecutors.


Anonymous said...

Cohen is/was co-owner of a bar that was the de facto US headquarters of the Russian mob. He'd better make any plea deal conditional on entering the witness protection program like Sammy "The Bull" Gravano. You never know who's going to be careless with an umbrella, tea ingredients or nerve agents.


Northern PoV said...

slightly off topic ...

It seems I'm not the only one that sees Ms. Freeland's actions as less than helpful
(or as I put it, poking or baiting the bear)