Trump lawyer Michael Cohen reaches plea deal, due to appear in court

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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a financial fraud probe involving Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

Two people familiar with the financial fraud investigation of Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, say he has reached a plea agreement.

Cohen is due to appear in federal court in New York at 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was earlier seen going into a building where the FBI has its New York offices.

The people spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

They did not know the details of the agreement.

The investigation into Cohen has pulled back the curtain on Cohen’s role as the president’s loyal “fixer.”

Earlier this year he admitted arranging a $130,000 payment to quiet porn actress Stormy Daniels’ claims that she had an affair with Trump.


1:35 p.m.

Two people familiar with the financial fraud investigation of Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, say his lawyers are in negotiations with prosecutors that could result in a plea deal, possibly within hours.

The people say the lawyer could plead guilty in Manhattan federal court as early as Tuesday afternoon, if a deal is struck requiring cooperation with the government. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Cohen was Trump’s longtime personal lawyer until weeks ago. He was seen going into his lawyers’ offices early Tuesday.

Prosecutors had been investigating Cohen for possible fraud related to his businesses for months. The FBI raided his hotel room, home and office on April 9, seizing more than 4 million items.


12:10 p.m.

A New York judge has formally ended the attorney-client privilege review of items seized from President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, leaving prosecutors to decide what’s next in their fraud probe.

U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Tuesday publicly filed an order that was signed Monday, ending attorney Michael Cohen’s effort to bar as privileged some items seized by the FBI in April raids on his dwellings.

The judge had appointed a special master to review 4 million items. She says she agrees with the special master 7,146 items are privileged, eight are partially privileged and 285 are highly personal.

She says Cohen, Trump or the Trump Organization wanted another 57 items designated privileged but agreed not to contest the special master’s findings.

Cohen’s then-lawyer called the use of search warrants “completely inappropriate.”

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