Time for a bit of juicy gossip. Recent reports claim Trump is scared sh_tless that his personal fixer, the guy who knows where the bodies are buried, is about to spill his guts to Robert Mueller's crack team of prosecutorial sleuths.
The news today is that Michael Cohen's lawyers will be taking their leave on Friday. When lawyers 'fire' a client it usually results from one or more of just a few causes: the client won't accept the lawyers' advice, the client has stopped paying, or the lawyers have learned incriminating facts about their client that would prevent them from representing that client at trial (a lawyer can be in serious trouble if she/he knowingly allows the client to lie in court). Chances are this is one of those "Door Three" situations.
Apparently federal prosecutors (not Mueller's) from the Southern District of New York, have told Cohen's lawyers that they're just finishing up the indictments. Cohen has said he expects to be in the case-hardened chrome bracelets in the next few days.
President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to lose his current legal defense team and is likely to begin cooperating with federal prosecutors who are investigating him, according to new reports Wednesday.
ABC News, which first broke the news in an article citing unidentified sources, said Cohen's current attorneys, Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison, are not expected to represent him going forward in the pending criminal probe in New York City.
The Wall Street Journal said Ryan's and Harrison's expected departure would come after completing an ongoing review of files seized from Cohen in an April 9 FBI raid.
The Journal article said Cohen is searching for a new criminal defense lawyer and has not yet decided whether to cooperate. ABC News said it is likely that Cohen will cooperate.
A source close to Cohen who spoke with NBC News confirmed the expected split from Ryan and Harrison and his plan to hire a new lawyer. NBC reported that it is unclear whether the move signals a change in legal strategy or future cooperation by Cohen.
It is not unusual for a target of a criminal investigation to switch lawyers when they are on the verge of cooperating with prosecutors.Let's hope that Cohen doesn't get the "full Jack Ruby" before he sings. Stranger things...