ABC News: Michael Cohen Has Tentative Plea Deal With Prosecutors

August 21, 2018 01:01 PM

ABC News is reporting President Donald Trump's ex-personal attorney Michael Cohen has reached a tentative plea deal with federal prosecutors on campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion.

Earlier, the Associated Press had reported Cohen was discussing a possible plea deal with prosecutors.


The news comes the same day as a New York judge formally ended the attorney-client privilege review of items seized from Cohen, 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 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."



ABC News/Associated Press

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