Speculation that former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen might flip

Posted July 05, 2018

Cohen is now under investigation by federal prosecutors in Manhattan as well as special counsel Robert Mueller.

The attorney who once faithfully said he would "take a bullet" for Donald Trump now says his family will come first when it comes to legal matters and potentially flipping on the president.

Trump has denied all knowledge of wrongdoing by his campaign and calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch-hunt".

Petrillo is a well-respected former prosecutor who has ties to the same United States attorney's office that is investigating Cohen. Cohen said in the tweet.

But when the President began to distance himself from his longtime personal attorney, reports circulated that Cohen felt abandoned and photos circulated of him palling around with Trump foes like actor Tom Arnold.

Though Cohen claims he can not talk about the specifics of the case, there are some areas where Cohen provides detail. "But I can tell you it is outstandingly aggressive".

Cohen will therefore soon be charting out his own legal strategy, giving Trump no visibility into what his old fixer is planning for his defense against prosecutors. He visibly relaxed over the course of the interview after telling me-with some understatement-that the previous year has been "difficult, upsetting and unpleasant". The actress claims the agreement should be nullified because, although Cohen signed it, Trump never did.

Discussing the ABC interview on CNN's "New Day", CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Cohen's interview "clearly implies that he will make a deal with the government if there are charges against him and testify, cooperate, rather than sort of hold the line for Donald Trump".

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If that happens, Cohen insisted that he will not allow himself to become a "villain" through Trump or his representatives. The FBI seized roughly 4 million documents from the lawyer in April raids on his home, office, and hotel room. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it".

Cohen has not yet been charged with any crimes. But his response, or lack thereof, in the ABC News interview appears to offer a clue.

The consensus seems to be that Cohen is in fact planning to cooperate with the NY prosecutors investigating his business dealings, or that he is angling for a presidential pardon by signaling to his former boss that his allegiance is conditional. Cohen and his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe.

Cohen also addressed that question, adding that he has not been interviewed by Mueller's team.

When asked about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, Cohen's reply was, "I want to answer".

Politico published an article titled "Trump's Lawyer Went to the Worst Law School in America", referring to Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing Michigan.

Cohen spoke with ABC News at a Manhattan hotel, speaking at length to the media for the first time since the feds raided his properties in April. "But for now, I can't comment further on advice of my counsel".

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What does Cohen's apparent change of heart mean, for him and for Trump?

"I don't like the term witch hunt", Mr Cohen was quoted as saying.

Cohen, a longtime Trump aide who was previously an executive vice president in The Trump Organization, became the subject of intense government scrutiny in April following Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on his home, his office, and a hotel room where he worked.

He did say that he doesn't agree "with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

"I respect the prosecutors. I put family and country first". "Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional". I thanked them for their service and as they left.

In Washington, Mueller has been examining Cohen's role in at least two episodes involving Russian interests. Of course, Donald Trump knows the answer to this, so there is little other reason for Cohen to dangle this in a public setting.

According to Stephanopoulos, Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the US election.

"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", Cohen said. "I choose to believe our intelligence agencies".

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