President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has split with the legal team that has shepherded him through a criminal investigation that included a high-profile FBI raid, a source familiar with the change said Wednesday. 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.
According to the Associated Press, Cohen has been represented in an FBI investigation of his business dealings since 2017 by Stephen Ryan, a Washington lawyer he initially hired to prepare him for congressional testimony.
Cohen will hire a new lawyer for the next phase of the probe, the person said.
Law&Crime reached out to both Mr. Ryan and Mr. Harrison for comment, but they did not immediately respond. Those papers are expected to include Cohen's personal financial dealings, including a $130,000 payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the 2016 election.
The unnamed source who spoke to the NYDN characterized Cohen as "very stressed out" about the possibility of an indictment.
McDermott Will & Emery, a NY and Washington firm, has been representing Mr. Cohen.
Daniels alleges an affair with Trump, which the president has denied.
Cohen sued April 13 to try to block prosecutors from looking at communications protected by attorney-client privilege.