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Those lawyers are "not expected to represent him going forward", ABC News first reported.

The outlook for Donald Trump's longtime "fixer"/personal attorney Michael Cohen is regressing fast, according to reports from the New York Times, Vanity Fair, ABC News and MSNBC.

"Attorney-client privilege is dead", the president tweeted.

Judge Wood subsequently appointed former federal judge Barbara Jones to act as a "special master" to conduct an impartial review of the materials and to referee any disputes between Cohen and the government.

A major factor in the Cohen probe is what is covered by attorney-client privilege from the April 9 seizure of more than 3 million items, and what isn't. All non-priviliged items will be turned over to federal prosecutors.

Cohen has not been charged with a crime, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his home, hotel room and office in early April revealed that prosecutors had zeroed in on his personal financial dealings, including the payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels on Trump's behalf before the election.

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The document continues on to explain that McFarland, "will face criminal charges on top of those to which he already pled guilty". He's also accused of attempting to hide his involvement with NYC VIP Access by posing as the company's other employees.

"He expects to be arrested because his lawyers, he says-to the friend-got a call from lawyers at the SDNY saying they're preparing paperwork", Tur reported.

Replacements for the lawyers have not been named.

National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss told Law&Crime earlier Wednesday that the Cohen news is a big deal for Trump.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY is investigating Cohen for various possible crimes, including potential bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

But as the investigation widens, and with Cohen's legal team in turmoil, the chances increase that Cohen could cooperate with prosecutors. He hasn't been charged with any crime. The prosecutors are turning up the heat on Mr. Cohen.

Lawyers for Mr. Cohen didn't respond to requests for comment.


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