Trump's former lawyer says he's putting 'family & country first' in investigation

Glen Norman
July 3, 2018

The other is the $130,000 Cohen paid to Stormy Daniels in October 2016 to keep her from talking about her alleged affair with Trump, one of the topics key to the NY criminal investigation into Cohen.

"I put family and country first", he added in the first in-depth interview since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room in April, seizing business records and materials related to a hush payment he made to porn star Stormy Daniels.

"Prosecutors will want to wait to talk to Cohen until after they have reviewed the documents so that they can verify the truth of Cohen's statements and confront him with facts that he might not volunteer", McQuade said.

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal attorney and business partner to President Donald Trump, spoke out in an interview with Good Morning America Monday.

- Rob Reiner (@robreiner)@GStephanopoulosjust broke that Michael Cohen is no longer going to "take a bullet" for Trump.

Stephanopoulos, for example, said he asked Mr Cohen if Mr Trump had directed him to make a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence.

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he added.

Mr Cohen, in the interview, dismissed Mr Trump's characterisation of the investigation and said it was "unsustainable" to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of interference. When Cohen's office was raided in April, Trump stated, "It's an attack on our country, in a true sense. I respect the process", Cohen said. "One day I will answer", Cohen told Stephanopoulos on Saturday.

And Cohen could face criminal charges brought by the state of NY or another state that Trump would be powerless to pardon, as the constitution states the president may only pardon federal crimes.

Any other settlements with other women, and details about those affairs, including possible violations of campaign-finance or other laws.

He also refused to answer questions directly about the investigation, telling Stephanopoulos he respects the prosecutors and did not want to do or say anything that might interfere.

"I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI", Cohen said.

Guy Petrillo, the former leader of the criminal division at the SDNY (the office now pursuing Cohen), will be representing the embattled former personal attorney of Donald Trump moving forward.

Trump has denied collusion with Russian Federation, calling the investigation a witch hunt, while Moscow has denied election meddling. The FBI seized roughly 4 million documents from the lawyer in April raids on his home, office, and hotel room. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". Mariotti suggested that Cohen could be "angling for a pardon from Trump", and former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller called the TV interview "a not-so-subtle request for a pardon". "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

Finally, to really twist the knife, he directly called out Trump for denying that Russian Federation interfered in the election: "Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable". He opined that it demonstrated "poor judgment" by those involved.

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