Cohen has a new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, and once he officially comes on board, the legal relationship between Cohen and Trump will change drastically.
Cohen is planning to hire Guy Petrillo, a former chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and an experienced trial lawyer, a source familiar confirmed. If that lawyer is also his self-described "fixer", already known to pay hush money and personally threaten people on his behalf, well, let's just say sleepless nights aren't the half of it.
Cohen, who hasn't been charged, wouldn't say if he would cooperate with prosecutors in the probe.
During the interview, Cohen declined to discuss specifics of particular cases and offered circumspect responses to some questions. Trump said a few weeks ago that he "always liked Michael Cohen", though adding he hadn't spoken to him "in a long time".
Further, after Trump last week echoed Vladimir Putin's denial about interfering in US elections, Cohen said, "Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable". He had tried to get documentary evidence out of the White House to back up his story but had been unable to do it.
"When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family", he continued. But the hand-over of the vast majority of the documents taken in the raids marks an important milestone as Manhattan prosecutors weigh whether to charge Cohen.
Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have said Trump will raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, though Trump's own recent comment make it unclear if that will happen.
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The Cohen interview was released on the same day that a former federal judge vetting material seized from him said in a court filing that over a million items were turned over to prosecutors after she determined they weren't protected by attorney-client privilege. If the indictment is deemed relatively less serious than expected, for example, it's possible that Cohen would choose to plead guilty. This is the DE limited liability company that Cohen created and that was used in both the $130,000 payment to Clifford and also implicated in the $1.6 million payment offer to a former Playboy model who allegedly had an affair with top Republican National Committee official Elliott Broidy (he has since resigned). Cohen responded that if he is charged with anything, he would defer to Petrillo for advice.
Mariotti, the former federal prosecutor, said that a defense lawyer "wouldn't end an agreement like that unless they had a good reason".
Petrillo, an ex-federal prosecutor with the Southern District of NY, has yet has to fully assume his duties as Cohen's legal representative.
Cohen is protected by the Fifth Amendment from having to testify about anything at this point, Epner added, saying there are three possibilities for Cohen moving forward. He had good reason to be sweating bullets about that, since Dean had been instrumental in the cover-up the president had personally directed.
Petrillo left government and set up his own boutique law firm focusing on representing individuals under criminal investigation.
The lawyers are experienced handling high-profile matters.