Michael Cohen Denies Report He Expects Imminent Arrest

According to Vanity Fair, Michael Cohen is expecting to be arrested within days. Neither Cohen nor Trump filed objections to the Special Masters' Report as to which documents it agreed were protected by the attorney client privilege and should not be turned over to prosecutors. (No link due to autoplay video ad):

Trump allies view the legal cloud hanging over Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, as at least as ominous as the obstruction investigation. According to a source close to Cohen, Cohen has told friends that he expects to be arrested any day now. (Reached for comment, Cohen wrote in a text message, “Your alleged source is wrong!”) The specter of Cohen flipping has Trump advisers on edge. “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen,” a former White House official said. “If anyone can blow up Trump, it’s him.”

Cohen responded that VF's source was wrong.

CNBC has this summary with additional sources and a copy of the Special Master's Report.

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    Oh, Glory (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Jun 12, 2018 at 06:42:00 PM EST
    I will be doing cartwheels when Cohen is arrested.

    I wish we could all get (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 10:11:21 AM EST
    Together for adult beverages :)

    If I was betting who was right (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Tue Jun 12, 2018 at 06:07:50 PM EST
    I would bet on Vanity Fair

    Cohen's legal representation (none / 0) (#4)
    by Militarytracy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 10:13:40 AM EST
    Is being reported as ending. New representation has not been announced.

    A question for an attorney (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CoralGables on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 11:11:48 AM EST
    If he has signed off on a deal and is cooperating does he still need an attorney?

    Me: yes. Sentence deal is contingent on (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by oculus on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 11:57:22 AM EST
    whether the prosecution tells the judge he was sufficiently cooperative.  But I defer to peter g.

    He absolutely needs a lawyer (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by Peter G on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 04:16:09 PM EST
    Both, as Oculus says, simply because the criminal case is open through sentencing, so his right to counsel continues, and because he needs someone to monitor and facilitate the cooperate who has Cohen's own interests in mind, to ensure that he understands what he has agreed to do, that he does it fully and forthrightly, that proper records are kept of what he does, that he is not taken unfair advantage of, and that he gets the credit he deserves from doing it.

    He is definitely (none / 0) (#8)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 04:58:06 PM EST
    Changing lawyers

    It's said (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 05:05:36 PM EST
     We will know more when we know who the new lawyer is.

    some federal criminal defense lawyers (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by Peter G on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 05:12:56 PM EST
    specialize in representing cooperators; typically, no surprise, those lawyers are former federal prosecutors from the same district. Some refuse to represent cooperators as a matter of principle or for other reasons. Most, however, will give even-handed advice about the pros and cons of fighting a given case, versus cooperating (typically with a negotiated plea, but sometimes with immunity/dismissal), versus pleading guilty without cooperating (with or without a deal). Sometimes the lawyer has to withdraw when the client decides to cooperate, because the lawyer then has a conflict of interest arising out of prior or concurrent representation of (or other connection with) someone the client may cooperate against.

    The Trump campaign (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 05:30:30 PM EST
    has reportedly paid a portion of Michael Cohen's legal fees.  (about $228,000).  Trump may not want to continue to underwrite a Cooperator Cohen.

    When Cohen disputed (none / 0) (#12)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 06:09:22 PM EST
    The gist of this story it appears he may have meant 'your source has it wrong'

    I'm not about to be charged, I about to flip.


    Reports are saying (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Wed Jun 13, 2018 at 07:54:07 PM EST
    It's about getting paid.  Or not in this case.  And that his lawyers quit.

    But it could still encourage cooperation.

    A friend of Cohen's tweeted he was 'sending a smoke signal' to Trump asking for help.  

    Good luck with that Mike.


    Interesting. (none / 0) (#14)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 03:36:31 AM EST
    Can he go to court without a lawyer tomorrow? I guess he can get a public defender appointed for himself. Maybe Cohen should be sending smoke signals to Putin asking for money instead of Trump since Trump obviously doesn't have the money.

    Even by the most generous standards (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by Peter G on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 07:25:08 AM EST
    Cohen would not qualify for a federal public defender. Too bad for him. The FPD network has many of the best lawyers practicing in the federal court.

    That's good (none / 0) (#18)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 05:00:42 PM EST
    to know Peter.

    I think his old lawyers (none / 0) (#16)
    by MKS on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 01:26:47 PM EST
    would be ethically obligated to cover the hearing, and any other hearings until new counsel makes an appearance.

    Unless they now find themselves (5.00 / 2) (#19)
    by Peter G on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 05:31:46 PM EST
    burdened by a non-waivable conflict of interest. Such as, the client has decided to cooperate against the person or entity that has been paying his lawyer's fee. Then, it would the judge's responsibility to ensure that the client/suspect is not prejudiced by the gap in counsel (such as by suspending deadlines until new counsel can be secured). Continuous representation is guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment, but only once the person is charged, not before that.

    Wow (none / 0) (#17)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Jun 14, 2018 at 03:53:19 PM EST
    If Cohen rolls over, guess who gets rolled up and smoked like a joint of primo herb?

    How bout (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 11:27:28 AM EST

    He simply really does not get it.  He has spent his wretched life flaunting norms rules and laws

    Being elected president, as I have said before, could well be the worst thing that ever happened to DEAR LEADER DJT.


    Hope Mueller (none / 0) (#22)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 01:13:01 PM EST
    has enough information from Gates, so that he does not need Manafort.  Paul needs to stand trial and face whatever music will be played for him.

    Since Manafort has been charged (none / 0) (#23)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 06:00:29 PM EST
    with obstruction and also conspiracy to obstruct, who did he conspire with?  It takes two or more people to be charged with conspiracy, doesn't it?

    His (none / 0) (#24)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 06:23:52 PM EST
    name is Konstantin Kilimnik, Manafort's partner in his Ukrainian endeavors. Widely believed to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, both Manafort and Gates were communicating with him during and after the campaign.

    IMO, he is an important part of Mueller's case, perhaps a direct link between the campaign and Russian officials (at least Manafort's part of things).


    Thanks Joe. At&T seems to be conspiring (none / 0) (#25)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 06:44:33 PM EST
    against me down here in the jungle since I can only get online sporadically.  The Federal judge decided Manafort's messages to former colleagues represented an attempt to tamper with witnesses in the special council investigation, the LA Times said.  It had to do with the Russian you mentioned.  Since Manafort is also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, do you think the other colleagues will be charged?

    I (none / 0) (#26)
    by FlJoe on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 07:08:56 PM EST
    think the two colleagues are in the clear, they apparently tried to avoid Manafort and may even be cooperating with prosecutors.

    Thanks again Joe. (none / 0) (#27)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 07:18:17 PM EST
    I wasn't sure about the strange rules regarding conspiracy.  If they are trying to avoid Manafort and cooperate with prosecutors I think that meets the quit the conspiracy rule I have heard about.

    Not to be (none / 0) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 08:58:21 PM EST
    a CT person but AT&T did pay Cohen a lot of money.

    Hey Ga6th, (none / 0) (#29)
    by fishcamp on Fri Jun 15, 2018 at 09:54:51 PM EST
    did you hear about the rabid bobcat that attacked a lady in her backyard somewhere in Georgia?  She choked it to death.  She has several scratches and a broken finger and was taken to a hospital for the expensive series of rabies shots.  Sounds dangerous down there.

    We have another tropical storm forming down in the Yucatán.  They don't know if it will move this way, but it looks big.  They also have a new tropical storm forming off Mexico in the Pacific.  It has been named Carlotta.

    Noooo! (none / 0) (#30)
    by Ga6thDem on Sat Jun 16, 2018 at 04:38:35 AM EST
    I didn't know about that. It seems that was covered more in the SC news than the local news here. That woman must be a Hillary fan though because she was putting a bumper sticker on her truck that says Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History.

    Well, I hope all the storms miss you this year!