Published: Tue, July 03, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump's former lawyer says he's putting 'family & country first' in investigation

Trump's former lawyer says he's putting 'family & country first' in investigation

"My silence is broken!" Cohen is now under investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible bank and wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Cohen's phone calls in the weeks leading up to the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid were monitored, if not wiretapped, which makes attempting to privately speak to Trump over the phone or in person very hard.

Stephanopoulos gave details of the interview on "Good Morning America".

As we reported, Cohen's home, office, and hotel room were raided in April as part of a federal investigation into his personal business dealings.

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for the president, now says his first loyalty is to his own family, and that his decision to testify will depend on advice from his own attorney and not on his former loyalty to Trump.

It's not clear whether Cohen has information that could help Mueller's investigation on possible collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice. Daniels has alleged she and President Trump had an affair prior to Trump becoming President.

Stephanopoulos said he spent 45 minutes speaking with Cohen on Saturday, and Cohen's apparent loyalty to the president might be wavering based on his statements and responses.

The joint defense agreement that Cohen had shared with Trump, allowing their lawyers to share information with each other, will end once Petrillo is fully on board, ABC News reports.

Stephanopoulos also asked Cohen about what would happen if Trump's legal team began to target Cohen as the investigation ramps up.

Cohen added that he is not a "villain of this story" and will "not be a punching bag" as part of anyone's "defense strategy".

Last fall in an interview with Vanity Fair, he said: "I'm the guy who stops the leaks". Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional.

When asked by Stephanopoulos whether he believes the Russians interfered in the presidential campaign, Cohen's answer came in the form of support for the agencies that have said such interference did occur.

Donald Trump's ex-attorney, Michael Cohen, gave his first major interview since being raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and he made it clear that staying loyal to the president is NOT his first priority.

Cohen has previously said that he acted on his own initiative in making the payments to Daniels.

Reacting on "Outnumbered Overtime", Napolitano said if Cohen's comments are genuine, it "should cause the president sleepless nights".

"I can't imagine his lawyers would want him to do so. I respect the process", he said. Mariotti suggested that Cohen could be "angling for a pardon from Trump", and former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller called the TV interview "a not-so-subtle request for a pardon".

And while there was nothing extraordinary said, there were some bombshell comments which appear to indicate the direction he will likely go, in terms of his cooperation with investigators. "I am absolutely certain of that".

He was asked how he might respond if the president or his legal team came after him and tried to discredit the work he did for Trump over the last decade.

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