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Apr 20, 2018

This Week: Trump Allies Fear Cohen Will Flip; Comey Goes On Tour

Allies of President Donald Trump spent the week suggesting that Michael Cohen will ultimately turn on his former boss and share all with the federal agents investigating his business dealings. This oddly unanimous (occasionally unsolicited) opinion implies, of course, that Cohen possesses some evidence that Trump may have committed a crime. Trump’s 2020 campaign has made payments to the firm representing Cohen in the various Russia investigations, which is now also representing Cohen in his financial probe. Trump covering some of Cohen’s hefty legal bills could make Cohen less likely to flip. In court this week, lawyers for Trump’s “fixer” were forced to reveal that Cohen had represented Sean Hannity as a legal client. (Hannity denies that they had a formal attorney-client relationship.) Judge Kimba Wood is permitting both Cohen and the U.S. government to review records seized from Cohen to determine which may be covered by attorney-client privilege, and both parties are expected to return for a status conference…

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