Getting Michael Cohen to rat out President Donald Trump may not be as simple as it sounds.
Although Trump’s detractors are rooting for Trump’s personal attorney to “flip” on the president and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller to escape a potentially harsh prison sentence, legal obstacles make it difficult for lawyers to expose their clients’ guarded secrets.
Even if Cohen is determined to break his confidences with Trump, legal ethics might deter federal prosecutors from coaxing him to betray his professional confidences with Trump, legal veterans and experts say.
“This idea of ‘flipping’ Cohen — they can’t just flip a lawyer to testify against a client,” longtime defense attorney Harvey Silverglate said. “Even if Cohen doesn’t know better, one would think the FBI and the prosecutors would know better.”