Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump's ex-lawyer fires what could be a warning shot

Trump's ex-lawyer fires what could be a warning shot

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an interview published Monday morning. But don't try and convince me at this point that he deserves the benefit of the doubt any more than any of the people with whom he used to work, let alone the guy for whom he used to run errands.

Cohen's thoughts - and loyalties - could be central to the ongoing investigations into what Trump campaign officials and other Trump loyalists knew during the 2016 presidential election, and the motivations for some of their actions, including Cohen's controversial payment to a porn star who said she had a sexual encounter with Trump many years before he became president.

Stephanopoulos, discussing his interview on air Monday, said that Cohen did not praise Trump "at all" during their conversation.

In April, Trump had tweeted that Michael was a businessman "who I have always liked & respected".

The disgraced former lawyer to US President Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, has indicated he will trade the remains of his loyalty to Trump for his family and country's interests, pledging full cooperation with the Russian Federation probe.

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

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

Cohen has signaled to friends that he is "willing to give" investigators information on the President if that's what they are looking for, CNN reported. "I would prefer not to be in this situation at all, obviously".

Avenatti has a second suit pending in Los Angeles federal court - but it may be removed to Superior Court - on behalf of Daniels against her former attorney, Keith Davidson, and Cohen, alleging the two men "colluded' and acted to "manipulate' her in order to benefit Trump".

"I viewed his statements as saying, 'I'm going to cooperate if I can get a good deal, '" said John Martin, a NY lawyer who has worked as both a federal judge and a federal prosecutor.

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I don't minimize the general amusement factor inherent in how nervous Cohen's interview might make certain people who deserve to be made as nervous as possible.

"Simply accepting the denial of [Russian Vladimir Putin] is unsustainable".

"I want to answer".

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes.

Cohen split with the president in an interview with ABC News, breaking his silence on the criminal investigation he's at the center of.

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.

Cohen vehemently disagreed in his conversation with Stephanopoulos, saying "I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation..."

"I'm not going to weigh in to this issue and I refer you to outside counsel", she said. I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", he said, going on to note that when his home and hotel room were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, "it was obviously upsetting to me and my family.

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.

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