Trump's personal attorney splits with his own legal team

Attorneys for Trump lawyer Cohen to end representation- source

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Instead, the judge appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones as a "special master" who could examine the materials to resolve any disputes over attorney client privilege. "There's also speculation that maybe Mr. Cohen needs a different type of lawyer if - lots of talk right now about Mr. Cohen cooperating with the feds in exchange for leniency if he faces a possible indictment over God knows what".

Wednesday, ABC News reported that Cohen is splitting from his lawyers Stephen Ryan and Todd Harrison of the law firm, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP. She rejected three items that Cohen, Trump or the Trump organization had designated as privileged. Any remaining items to be reviewed would be turned over to a team of federal prosecutors unconnected to the case to complete the examination of the documents.

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A retired judge is reviewing more than 3.7 million items seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation search to determine whether they should be held back from investigators because they are privileged attorney-client communications or are personal.

"He expects to be arrested because his lawyers, he says-to the friend-got a call from lawyers at the SDNY saying they're preparing paperwork", Tur reported.

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Cohen will hire a new lawyer for the next phase of the probe, the person said.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

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A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Cohen's current legal team plans to stop handling the case and that Cohen has begun a hunt for new attorneys. He hasn't been charged with any crime. (Reached for comment, Cohen wrote in a text message, "Your alleged source is wrong!") The specter of Cohen flipping has Trump advisers on edge.

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