Michael Cohen and his attorney met Wednesday with a group of state and federal law enforcement officials investigating various aspects of President Donald Trump’s family business and charitable organization, according to people familiar with the meeting.
The group, which included the federal prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York who charged Cohen in August and officials from the New York Attorney General’s office, met at the Midtown New York City office of Cohen’s attorney, Guy Petrillo, these people said.
CNN observed Cohen leaving Petrillo’s office building Wednesday afternoon. Assistant US Attorney Tom McKay, the lead prosecutor on the Cohen case, had entered the building earlier in the day.
The purpose of the meeting wasn’t immediately clear, but both offices are continuing to investigate cases that relate to Trump entities and with which Cohen had professional involvement.
Representatives for both the attorney general’s office and the US attorney’s office declined to comment. Petrillo didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The meeting comes as Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, has spent hours huddling with prosecutors from the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. Cohen’s cooperation with investigators could help reduce the sentence he’s set to receive December 12 for the crimes to which he pleaded guilty in New York. Cohen has said privately a reduced sentence is not his motivation.
In recent days, Cohen and Trump have traded public barbs, with Cohen touting his recent allegiance with the Democratic Party on social media and Trump saying Tuesday in an interview with the Associated Press that Cohen was “lying” when he indicated during his guilty plea, under oath, that Trump had directed him to break the law by instructing Cohen to make payments to silence two women who claimed affairs with Trump.