Michael Cohen Says Family & Country Has Loyalty First, Not President Trump

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President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer Michael Cohen said he puts "family and country first", in an interview with ABC News, suggesting he may cooperate with the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation even if it reaches to Trump and his inner circle. But he also did nothing to dampen such speculation, taking issue with some of Trump's criticisms of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and even going out of his way to praise the FBI. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". "When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family". He said agents who raided his office and his home acted professionally.

Yet some have pointed out that if Cohen were actually interested in cooperating with the feds, the proper course of conduct would have been to have his attorney contact the prosecutors on the case, rather than do an on-the-record interview with one of the most famous journalists in the world.

In the beginning, Michael Cohen pledged his loyalty to Donald Trump, but Avenatti seemed confident that he would flip and give evidence against the president to avoid going to jail. While he has not been interviewed by the Mueller team as of yet, he has already provided some documents to the special prosecutor's office. As has proven true in this entire saga, this case is being tried in the media just as much as its being tried in the courtroom, and I wouldn't be surprised if even Cohen doesn't draw a distinction at this point.

Stephanopoulos, who posted a story summarizing the conversation, said Cohen indicated a willingness to cooperate with Mueller as well as with federal prosecutors in NY investigating Cohen for possible election law and financial crimes.

Among other things, investigators are looking into a $130,000 payment he handled as part of a confidentiality agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had an affair with Trump in 2006.

Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have said Trump will raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, though Trump's own recent comment make it unclear if that will happen.

Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer. I don't want him to shut up, but I'll reserve judgment until he puts up.

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"Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I willdefer="defer" to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance", Cohen told ABC News.

Mr Stephanopoulos said he asked Mr Cohen if he had any regrets about how he handled any of the matters under investigation.

Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Courthouse in NY to attend a hearing to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office.

Petrillo did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Will he cooperate with prosecutors?

In a very telling indicator, Cohen broke with Donald Trump and his current lawyer Rudy Giuliani's attempts to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying he doesn't like the term "witch hunt", the president's favored epithet on Twitter against the Mueller probe.

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he added.

According to Stephanopoulos, Mr Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the U.S. election. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies' unanimous conclusions", he said.