Stormy Daniels attorney: ‘No question’ Cohen will be charged

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The attorney for adult-film actress Stormy Daniels said Tuesday that there’s “no question” that President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will face charges in an expanding criminal investigation, claiming that’s it’s “only a question of when.”

“From what I’ve heard, from what I’ve seen, there’s no question that Michael Cohen is going to be charged,” Michael Avenatti said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “It’s only a question of when. And I think it’s going to happen within the next 90 days.”

{mosads}Avenatti predicted as much on Monday, saying that he believes Cohen will be indicted within the next 90 days and that Cohen could turn on Trump and agree to cooperate with prosecutors within six months of being indicted.

Avenatti repeated that prediction on Tuesday, saying that he doesn’t believe Cohen would be willing to face years of prison time to protect Trump. 

“Based on my experience in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, the likelihood of him not rolling over is very, very slim,” Avenatti said.

“I can’t imagine he’s going to go to trial or potentially face 10, 15, 20, 25 years in a federal penitentiary for anybody, let alone a guy, Donald Trump, who left him behind when he went to Washington, D.C.”

FBI agents raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office last week after federal prosecutors in New York City obtained a warrant based in part on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Agents were seeking, among other things, records related to a $130,000 payment Cohen made to Daniels, who has alleged that she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has claimed that the payment was intended to buy her silence about the alleged affair.

Federal prosecutors revealed last week that Cohen has been under investigation for months.

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