I won't be the president's punching bag, says Trump's personal lawyer

Michael Cohen:

Michael Cohen: "My Silence is Broken"

President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, who is under investigation by federal prosecutors in NY, said Sunday he sat down for an interview with ABC News and his "silence is broken".

"To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty", Michael Cohen told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Monday.

Appearing on Outnumbered Overtime, Napolitano was perplexed at the idea that President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer would appear on national television - with Federal authorities so hot on his case. ABC News reported Monday that Cohen, in the interview, signaled his willingness to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and NY federal prosecutors, even if it puts Trump at risk.

The possibility that Cohen could flip and testify against the president has been a matter of speculation for several months. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

Trump initially said the raid on Cohen's office was a "disgrace", but later tried to distance himself by telling "Fox & Friends" that the attorney only handled a "tiny, tiny fraction" of his legal work.

The interview offers fresh evidence that Cohen may be willing to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, in an effort to reduce his own criminal exposure.

Cohen has not been charged with anything, but has hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, who takes over for his new client this week.

Interested in Donald Trump? But in the ABC News interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer.

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As the ABC report noted, Cohen's team at McDermott was in a joint defense agreement with Trump's legal team, led by Joanna Hendon of Spears Imes, allowing them to share information and documents with each other.

Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump had directed him to make that $130K hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. The president denies all wrongdoing and has denied multiple affairs.

He also criticized members of the Trump campaign who took part in a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russians promising "dirt" on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling it an "example of poor judgment".

Cohen has not been charged with a crime but his residences, offices and electronic devices were raided on 9 April by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents looking for evidence of suspected crimes including bank fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, campaign finance violations and possibly more.

And in a direct rebuttal to President Trump, who sent out a tweet last week repeating Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in our election, Cohen added this: "Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable". "I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back".

He declined to answer if Trump himself knew about the meeting before it happened, referring to advice from his counsel concerning the federal investigation underway in NY.

It's unclear if the investigation into Cohen is directly related to the ongoing special investigation by Robert Mueller, but Cohen says he denies involvement.

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