Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Family comes before president, says Trump lawyer

Family comes before president, says Trump lawyer

But in his first in-depth interview since the FBI raided his office and homes in April, Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY - even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.

In an interview with ABC News, Cohen says he will put his family first. "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way".

Stephanopoulos, who posted a story summarizing the conversation, said Cohen indicated a willingness to cooperate with Mueller as well as with federal prosecutors in NY investigating Cohen for possible election law and financial crimes.

Cohen on Sunday night tweeted a photo of himself with ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos, saying he had been interviewed off-camera.

Cohen repeated previous denials that he had any involvement with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but he refused to criticize the investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller. He says he doesn't agree with people who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation like Donald Trump does.

Michael Cohen says his first loyalty is not to President Trump. But Cohen has since hired Guy Petrillo, the former leader of the criminal division at the Southern District of New York (SDNY), which is the U.S. Attorney's office now pursuing Cohen.

Federal investigators have been looking into Cohen's business dealings, including payments to adult-film star Stormy Daniels and other women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

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On May 2, the watchdog organization sought "all records of communications" between Rosenstein and the USA attorney's office for the Southern District of NY "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room", plus "all records of communications" between Mueller and the attorney's office "about Michael Cohen and/or the executed search warrants of Cohen's office, home, and hotel room".

"Under these circumstances, the Fifth Amendment protection that he cannot "be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself" means that he could not be forced to testify about anything", Epner said.

Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have said Trump will raise the issue of election meddling with Putin, though Trump's own recent comment make it unclear if that will happen.

"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.

"When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family", Mr Cohen said. "One day I will answer", Cohen said, responding to a question on whether Trump was aware of the payment to Daniels, which has become central to the story.

Stephanopoulos said he asked Cohen if he had any regrets about how he has handled any of the matters under investigation.

She said that if Cohen wanted to he could simply cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation without making public statements. I don't want him to shut up, but I'll reserve judgment until he puts up. "Sorry, I don't see Michael doing that despite the frightful Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!" "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said. But he says that - in the ABC interview that he offered the equivalent of a handshake to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back", he said.

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