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BREAKING: Michael Cohen is preparing to flip, per ABC report.
2. Cohen's current llaw firm is not expected to represent him going forward. This strongly suggests Cohen is preparing to flip and changing representation to somebody experienced specifically in plea deals. No replacement counsel has been identified yet.
3. Sources specifically told ABC that Cohen, now with no legal representation, IS LIKELY TO COOPERATE WITH FEDERAL PROSECUTORS IN NY. This development is believed to be IMMINENT. cc @MichaelAvenatti
@MichaelAvenatti 4. WSJ has meantime confirmed ABC's news that Cohen's current attorneys won't be representing him going forward. We'll know it's official when? Trump loses his mind completely on Twitter as this will hit the WH and Trump family HARD.
@MichaelAvenatti 5. Always bear in mind that Trump's pardons are worth ZERO wherever state crimes are involved. Trump can't pardon ANY state crime whatsoever, only federal crimes. And there are heaps of state crimes involved where Cohen is concerned ( Mueller's been coordinating with NY AG)
@MichaelAvenatti 6. Also bear in mind that Barbara Underwood, the current NY AG, has reiterated the need for NY legislators to get rid of the "double jeopardy" loophole that doesn't allow NY state to charge someone for the EXACT SAME crime they're charged for federally. They're after Cohen HARD.
@MichaelAvenatti 7. IT DOES NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE in terms of Cohen being charged whether the double jeopardy loophole is eliminated or not, it simply makes a difference in that it makes the NY AG job EASIER, in that she and SDNY/Mueller do NOT need to coordinate on charges to bring.
@MichaelAvenatti 8. If the double jeopardy loophole is eliminated, NY state can charge Cohen for the SAME exact federal crimes he was charged with, meaning any federal pardon for those is completely pointless, and can actually become a liability as a pardon means admission of guilt if accepted.
@MichaelAvenatti 9. Cohen flipping as we know is a HUGE deal and many and especially @MichaelAvenatti who was the first to do so, have been indicating the likelihood of him flipping was extremely high. Cohen knows where ALL the worst Trump secrets are buried.
@MichaelAvenatti 10. Cohen's office and home in NY were searched by FBI that now has ALL of the documents and devices that are pertinent to the case that Cohen kept. Among those are recordings of conversations WITH TRUMP. The Special master has deemed only a TINY portion of the docs privileged.
@MichaelAvenatti 11. With Cohen having NO legal representation and a Friday deadline for them to present documents they want to be reviewed as privileged, it appears clear that Cohen is set to cooperate with investigators. Get the popcorn. 🍿🍿 #MuellerIsComing /END.

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