ABC News is reporting that the lawyers for Donald Trump’s personal attorney, porn star fixer and reporter threatener have left the building. With a hearing coming up on Friday, the law firm that has represented Cohen to this point has quit. No one has replaced them.
Cohen, now with no legal representation, is likely to cooperate with federal prosecutors in New York, sources said. This development, which is believed to be imminent, will likely hit the White House, family members, staffers and counsels hard.
Hard. As in unraveling a series of shadowy LLCs that seems to have functioned not just for paying off porn stars, but accepting money from governments and corporations intent on buying influence in the Trump White House. That hard.
Hard as in Cohen doesn’t just know where a lot of the skeletons are buried, he was the guy holding the shovel.
And it’s going to be difficult to explain this in the form of “the legal expenses were getting to be too much for Cohen” because Donald Trump has been picking up the tab on Cohen’s legal expenses, spending nearly a quarter of a million by the end of April. Those funds for Cohen’s defense came from Trump’s campaign, even though Cohen never held any official role in either the 2016 or 2020 campaigns.
Friday’s hearing day for Cohen is also the day when Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort is due back in court to justify why he shouldn’t be locked up for violating his bond through witness tampering.