The deadline for the parties in the investigation of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, to assert attorney-client privilege on evidence in the case has passed, and Cohen has added to his legal team a former lawyer who worked in the White House for President Bill Clinton.
On June 26, Alan Futerfas, who represents the Trump Organization—Trump’s business entities—in the matter, asked for weeks of additional time to review some 20,000 documents handed over by the government, but U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood of the Southern District of New York set the deadline for July 5.
Futerfas declined to comment.
The materials were seized from Cohen’s home and office through a search warrant executed in April.
On Monday, Barbara Jones, a former Southern District judge serving as special master in the case, signed off on the release of more than 1.3 million items to prosecutors.
Meantime, Cohen has reportedly hired Lanny Davis, a Washington-based attorney and public relations expert who worked as special counsel to President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Cohen said he would put “family and country” above fealty to Trump; Cohen later dropped references to Trump from his Twitter account.
In a statement forwarded by Davis’ public relations firm, he said that Cohen “deserves to tell his side of the story—subject, of course, to the advice of counsel.”
“Like most of America, I have been following the matter regarding Michael Cohen with great interest,” Davis said. “As an attorney, I have talked to Michael many times in the last two weeks. Then I read his words published on July 2, and I recognized his sincerity.”