Donald Trump’s Lawyer Will Plead the 5th in Investigation
On Wednesday, the longtime personal attorney for President Trump, Michael Cohen, indicated to the court that he will assert his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self-incrimination in the hush money deal involving Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump.
“Based upon the advice of counsel, I will assert my Fifth Amendment rights in connection with all proceedings in this case due to the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and US Attorney for the Southern District of New York,” Cohen stated. His filing to the US District Court in Los Angeles cited FBI raids of his residence, office and hotel room, and added the seizure of “various electronic devices and documents in my possession.”
Cohen’s strategy with this declaration is to attempt to have the civil lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels to be deferred. S. James Otero, the judge assigned to the case in Los Angeles, is requesting a conversation with Cohen directly before putting any case on hold. It is possible that there is a material overlap between the civil case between Daniels and Cohen and the FBI raids in New York. Cohen and his lawyers are responsible for showing the overlap between the two matters, though the judge claimed that “the scope and breadth of the criminal investigation remain a mystery,” which becomes a conundrum in allowing a stay for the case.
Cohen and his attorney are also attempting to send the case with Daniels to private arbitration, though have so far gotten push back from Daniels and court officials.