Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen hints he could flip against U.S. president

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President's Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen signaled in a new interview a willingness to cooperate with federal prosecutors, even if doing so undercuts the interests of the president.

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

Stephanopoulos said that Mr Cohen, who has not been charged in connection with either probe, came across "as his own man" during the interview and said he would "not be a punching bag" if Mr Trump's team tried to discredit him as part of a legal strategy.

Cohen was a part of Trump's inner for over a decade, working as his personal lawyer at the Trump Organization and moving with him when he became President.

Cohen first tweeted about the TV interview Sunday night, writing: "Spent Saturday afternoon with @GStephanopoulos @abc (not on camera) interview for Monday's @GMA".

However, at least according to his twitter profile, Michael Cohen still thinks he's working for the president. I thanked them for their service and as they left.

He did criticize the members of the Trump campaign - Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort - who took part in the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with several Russians after being promised dirt on rival Hillary Clinton.

Reacting on "Outnumbered Overtime", Napolitano said if Cohen's comments are genuine, it "should cause the president sleepless nights".




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. Does the Senate want to risk confirming a justice nominated by a president accused of serious wrongdoing by his own attorney, a president who might have committed actions that call into question the legitimacy of his presidency? 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.

Avenatti has frequently taken shots at Cohen and claimed the president's former personal attorney was potentially facing serious charges over his business and work for Trump.

"I can't comment, under advice of my counsel, due to the ongoing investigation by the USA attorney's office in the Southern District of New York", Cohen said.

Cohen, in the interview, dismissed Trump's characterization of the investigation and said it was "unsustainable" to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of interference.

Documents and files were seized from Mr Cohen as part of an investigation stemming in part from a referral by the USA special counsel office probing possible collusion between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. "He said his "first loyalty" is to his family and country and said he didn't like the term 'witch hunt" - which Trump uses to describe the Mueller probe.

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.

"I don't know why he would do this", Napolitano said.

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