Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Hints He May Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

Larry Hoffman
July 3, 2018

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who is under a criminal investigation in NY, said his family is his "first loyalty" - possibly signaling his willingness to cooperate with the feds, according to a new report.

Among the many juicy details in Michael Cohen's blockbuster weekend interview with ABC News was one key piece of information: Cohen is ending his joint defense agreement with President Trump.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos.

"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", he said emphatically.

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. And Avenatti has stated he believed Cohen would eventually flip on the president in order to avoid jail time. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

Ch-ch-check out a report on Cohen's interview (below). Cohen is enlisting a new lawyer, former NY prosecutor Guy Petrillo, who once held a leadership post in the same office investigating Cohen.

Reacting on "Outnumbered Overtime", Napolitano said if Cohen's comments are genuine, it "should cause the president sleepless nights". "I am not a villain in any story and won't allow others to try and depict me in that way".

Questions have abounded over whether or not Mr Cohen - who denies any wrongdoing - would co-operate with prosecutors. Cohen's residence, office and hotel room were raided by federal officials in April, and he's now under investigation for his business practices as well as potential campaign finance law violations.

But Cohen did criticize Trump campaign aides who took part in a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with several Russians after being promised damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Although there were no direct answers regarding whether or not Cohen was flipping on Trump, one can assume that he certainly is ready to put himself and his family before the President, which could not have been said with certainty in the past.

In recent weeks, speculation has grown that Cohen will cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE as part of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Cohen tweeted Sunday, using a black-and-white photo to illustrate, that he had spent Saturday afternoon with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back", Cohen said.

Further, Cohen said it is "unsustainable" to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials as truth, as he respects the United States' intelligence agencies' "unanimous conclusions".

Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer.

"I want to answer".

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