Case Against Michael Avenatti Could Target Stormy Daniels' Legal Fund

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's personal attorney walks along a sidewalk in New York

Michael Cohen President Donald Trump's personal attorney walks along a sidewalk in New York

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's longtime personal attorney and fixer, is parting ways with his legal team as federal prosecutors in NY pursue a criminal investigation of him, according to a person familiar with the case.

Those lawyers are "not expected to represent him going forward", ABC News first reported.

He is also being investigated by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, which the Post says is investigating him for potential wire fraud, bank fraud, and campaign finance law violations.

The WSJ reports Cohen's attorneys had been reviewing more than 3.7 million documents seized from Cohen, ahead of a Friday deadline set by Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of NY.

Federal prosecutors in NY have publicly said they are investigating alleged fraud in Cohen's business dealings, but haven't disclosed details.

The center of Cohen's troubles is a $130,000 hush-money payment that he facilitated to porn star Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, just weeks before the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her allegation of a 2006 affair with Trump. the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought documents related to that payment and other similar agreements with women during the April raids.

Mr. Trump, Cohen's client for years, bemoaned the raid of Cohen's records, declaring on Twitter the day after the raids, "Attorney-client privilege is dead!"

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Cohen has told the Post that Artemenko said Russia supported his Ukrainian peace plan, while Artemenko said the Russian government wasn't involved in his plan.

Cohen's business is now under investigation in Manhattan, which includes the controversial $130,000 hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election.

Michael Cohen is most likely considering cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Daniels alleges an affair with Trump, which the president has denied. A federal judge has given Cohen's legal team a June 15 deadline to review materials for attorney-client privilege.

President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen, center, arrives at federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, April 26, 2018, with his attorney Todd Harrison, left and attorney Stephen Ryan, right. A source told CNN that Cohen hadn't met with prosecutors to try to cut a deal and that it was unclear whether he was trying to turn on Trump.

Cohen has been under a criminal investigation - separate from the special counsel probe - for months. But not good news for Team Trump.

'A signature block means nothing, ' Avenatti responded, 'and you have no evidence the firm ever represented Ms. Clifford'.

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