WASHINGTON— Michael Cohen, Trump’s former longtime personal attorney, has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, according to a report from ABC News.
Cohen is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
While Cohen has not yet been formally charged, he has reportedly been under investigation for campaign finance violations as well as bank and tax fraud.
Federal law enforcement officials raided the longtime Trump confidant’s office and hotel room in April.
At the time, Trump called the incident “a disgraceful situation” and tied it to Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into potential collusion between his 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government as further evidence of a “witch hunt.”
The Southern District of New York’s investigation, however, is separate from Mueller’s probe.
Trump and Cohen have since publicly split, with the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, claiming that his client’s former lawyer was a “pathological liar” in July.
Trump also targeted Cohen on Twitter when it was revealed that Cohen had taped conversations during the 2016 campaign.
Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) – almost unheard of. Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client – totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2018
Before Cohen and Trump parted ways, the lawyer had said he would take a bullet for the president. But in early July, his allegiance to Trump came under scrutiny after he said in an interview that his primary loyalty was to his family and his country.
This is a developing story…