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Michael Cohen (left) with his lawyer Lanny Davis/BBC

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has provided “critical information” to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, his attorney said on Thursday.

Cohen, once one of Trump’s top aides, began talking with the Mueller investigation after he pleaded guilty on August 21 to bank fraud and campaign finance violations in an agreement with New York prosecutors.

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“Good for @MichaelCohen212 in providing critical information to the #muellerinvestigation without a cooperation agreement,” tweeted Lanny Davis, Cohen’s lawyer.

The news was originally reported by ABC, which said the 52-year-old New York lawyer and businessman “has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours” with Mueller’s team.

The report hinted at bad news for Trump as Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation increasingly closes in on the White House.

One week ago, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed in a plea deal with Mueller to cooperate in the investigation.

Cohen did not make a commitment to cooperate when he pleaded guilty, but it was clear that cooperation could help him get a lighter sentence.

Mueller is probing whether the Trump election campaign in 2016 colluded with Russian efforts to damage his opponent, Hillary Clinton and whether Trump has sought to illegally obstruct the investigation.