Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen expected to reach plea deal

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Trump’s former lawyer is expected to reach a plea bargain with federal prosecutors

(SKY NEWS) – The US president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in New York, according to US media outlets.

The agreement raises the possibility that Mr Cohen will provide information to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Mr Cohen is expected to appear at a federal court in Manhattan at 4pm EDT (9pm BST) on Tuesday.

He has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to charges that stem from a federal investigation of his business dealings and possible campaign violations.

CNN has reported that the plea deal includes prison time for the president’s long-time fixer, who played a behind-the-scenes role in making hush payments to women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

Mr Cohen was part of Trump’s inner circle for more than a decade, working as his personal attorney at the Trump Organization and continuing to advise the president after the 2016 election.

A guilty plea would avoid a high profile trial, but the deal could require him to cooperate with the probe into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in its efforts to sway the 2016 US presidential election.

Neither prosecutors in Manhattan nor Cohen’s attorney have commented on the matter.

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