President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is currently meeting with federal prosecutors and a plea deal could be reached as early as today.
Sources close to the matter tell NBC News that Trump’s former fixer is hoping to work out a possible guilty plea in regards to his connection to tax fraud and various “banking related matters.”
It’s possible that a plea deal could be reached by end of the day, although nothing has been verified at this point in time.
Trump relied on Cohen to handle sensitive issues, including the President’s alleged affair with adult actress Stormy Daniels. Michael Cohen has been signaling for over a month that he was prepared to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, promising to put his family and country first.
Investigators are currently attempting to determine if the hush money paid to Stormy Daniels were in direct violation of campaign finance law.
Cohen came under fire after the FBI raided his office and hotel room in April. The FBI seized thousands of documents and electronics. Cohen’s phone calls were also monitored and recorded during the agencies investigation.
Cohen has also come under fire for offering access to Donald Trump in a payola scheme. Cohen approached pharmaceutical company Novartis and signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the company. AT&T also met with Cohen and later said the company had hired “several consultants” to help “understand” the current administration.
Cohen previously served as a vice president of the Trump Organization but left in May after the President parted ways with his former fixer. As a long-time confidant of the President, Cohen famously once said he would take a bullet for the POTUS.
Trump’s administration has continued to maintain that Michael Cohen has no incriminating information regarding Donald Trump. “[Cohen] is not cooperating, nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong,” Giuliani told Fox News in June.