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One of President Donald Trump’s former attorneys said he warned the president that his current attorney Michael Cohen would turn against him and cooperate with federal prosecutors if he is charged in relation to the FBI raid on his home, office, and hotel room.
The attorney, Jay Goldberg, told the Wall Street Journal he spoke with the president on the subject last Friday, telling him that on a scale of 100 to 1, where 100 represents full protection of his interests, Cohen “isn’t even a 1.”
“Michael will never stand up [for you],” Goldberg said he told Trump during a 15-minute phone conversation.
He also told the president he believed Cohen might agree to wear a wire and record their private conversations, according to the Wall Street Journal report.
“You have to be alert,” Goldberg said he told Trump. “I don’t care what Michael says.”
The 85-year-old lawyer, who represented Trump in real estate and divorce proceedings through much of the 1990s and early 2000s, is among several other long-term legal advisers that President Trump has reportedly sought out in recent days regarding the investigation into Cohen.
Federal agents raided Cohen’s home, hotel, and office last week after prosecutors obtained a search warrant to do so.
It has been reported that the warrant was handed down after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, though officials have said the raid was not directly related to the Russia probe.
Materials seized in the raid include documents related to payments Cohen made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, both of whom claim they had affairs with Trump in the past and were paid for to keep quiet about them.
Federal Judge Kimba Wood announced earlier this week that she would select a “special master” to review all items discovered during the raid and determine which, if any, should be protected by attorney-client privilege.
Wood invited the legal teams for President Trump, the U.S. attorney's office, and Cohen to submit names of potential candidates for the role.
Cohen has been under investigation for potential bank fraud, wire fraud, and campaign finance violations in New York for months, The Washington Post reported earlier this month.