Tuesday, June 19, 2018

BREAKING Michael Cohen Hires Former Prosecutor as New Lawyer

Oh yeah, Cohen is going to cut a deal.

The New York Times reports:
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal fixer, has lined up a new lawyer, according to people familiar with the matter. The lawyer, Guy Petrillo, once held a senior role in the same federal prosecutors’ office that has been investigating Mr. Cohen for months.

Mr. Cohen’s decision to hire Mr. Petrillo, who ran the criminal division of the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, comes as that office’s inquiry into Mr. Cohen is nearing a critical phase. ..

It is a common practice for people facing scrutiny by prosecutors to hire lawyers who once worked in the offices investigating them. By bringing on Mr. Petrillo, Mr. Cohen will now have an advocate who is well positioned to help him navigate any negotiations with the prosecutors who have spent the past several months looking into his business dealings, including hush-money payments that he made to women who claim they had affairs with Mr. Trump. Those negotiations may eventually include the question of whether Mr. Cohen strikes a deal to cooperate with the government...

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