Michael Cohen Suggests He Could Cooperate With Mueller Probe

Michael Cohen

"To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty", Cohen said during the interview, which took place Saturday at a Manhattan hotel.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an off-camera interview that was reported on "Good Morning America". I think his family would be so proud of him.

Since the search warrants were executed in April, lawyers for Cohen, Trump and the Trump Organization have been engaged in a laborious process of reviewing more than 4 million items seized in the raids. He is playing games & trying to play both sides.

In his first public interview since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and home in April, the lawyer opened up about what's most important to him in his life - and it's not President Trump.

Cohen, in the off-camera interview, also said he doesn't agree "with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

The mounting pressure on Cohen and his family since the April FBI raid of his home, hotel room and office has been weighing on him and his family, sources say. "I thanked them for their service and, as they left, we shook hands". The message to the president is: "'I'm not taking any more bullets'".

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

Though Cohen claims he can not talk about the specifics of the case, there are some areas where Cohen provides detail.

"He's not a subject of a criminal investigation like the president", Napolitano said.

Trump and three of his children - Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric - have also been accused by the NY state attorney general of violating charity laws in the operation of the Trump Foundation.

"It leaves, of course, many questions unanswered. It certainly looks that way given the context of how this unfolded", Toobin said.

Cohen's comments to ABC News signalled that he may abandon Trump and cooperate with prosecutors investigating his business dealings.

"Being part of a joint defense agreement generally means your cooperation is with fellow targets and you're sharing confidential information", Coffey said. But it's hard to imagine that the Southern District prosecutors would give Cohen a deal if there was nothing that he had to tell them about a bigger fish. "Law enforcement doesn't work that way".

"If their interests are not aligned, the exchange of information between them is not protected by common interest doctrine and thus they're going to waive privilege every time they talk to teach other", Mariotti said.

There are signs Cohen is actively seeking such a deal, significantly including his recent hire of a new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, formerly a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the office now prosecuting Cohen.

Ch-ch-check out a report on Cohen's interview (below).

The lawyer is under investigation for his business dealings. He has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Cohen has publicly admitted to making a $130,000 payment, from his home equity line of credit, to adult-film star Stormy Daniels in October 2016 in return for her silence about an alleged 2006 affair between Trump and Daniels, and to setting up a limited-liability company in DE to make the payment 10 days before the money transfer. The White House has denied any affair.

Cohen said he had provided documents to the special counsel's office but had not been interviewed by Mueller's team, ABC said. The Trump lawyer says that Avenatti is "pulling the First Amendment out of his tiny bag of tricks".

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