Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Says Family His First Loyalty, Not President


"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 don't mean to be presumptuous but I'm ready to believe that "family and country" was not always your first thought on all these occasions, but I am a suspicious bastid about such things.

Judicial Watch also sought on April 12 the FBI's search and seizure warrant and its application, along with "all records about the recusal of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman from the Michael Cohen investigation".

Democratic strategist Joel Payne on Tuesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to United States market MORE's former personal attorney Michael Cohen may have been using Monday's ABC News interview to signal to Trump that he needs help.

Cohen, who has not been charged with any crimes, and his lawyer Guy Petrillo did not respond to requests from Reuters for comment.

"I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI", Cohen 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. He said agents who raided his office and his home acted professionally.

But while acknowledging that Cohen sounded like a man in search of a cooperation deal, other legal experts said prosecutors nearly always prefer to negotiate such deals in private - not on morning television shows.

Cohen, said one person close to the Trump Organization, had never been given major responsibilities at the real estate company that served as Trump's springboard to the White House. "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said.

Cohen said he had provided documents to the special counsel's office but had not been interviewed by Mueller's team, ABC said.

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In the new ABC interview, Cohen refused to follow Trump's lead to cast the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a negative light over April's raids on his home, hotel room and office.

Mr Cohen initially said he used his own money to pay Ms Daniels and was not reimbursed by Mr Trump. 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 added.

"He knows a lot of things about the President and he's not averse to talking in the right situation", one of Cohen's NY friends who is in touch with him told CNN.

Stephanopoulos said he asked Cohen repeatedly if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their investigation. Will he cooperate with prosecutors?

The former executive vice president of the Trump Organization also pushed back on Trump's characterization of the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and said he accepted the "unanimous conclusions" reached by USA intelligence agencies indicating that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

He was asked how he might respond if the president or his legal team came after him and tried to discredit the work he did for Trump over the last decade. "And I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the president signal some public signs of support to Michael Cohen to try to quell some of his concerns, because obviously the pressure is tightening up on him".

Cohen refused to criticize U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the election, the ABC report said.