Michael Cohen Has to Put Up

Michael Cohen Has to Put Up

Michael Cohen Has to Put Up

Michael Cohen repeatedly distanced himself from President Donald Trump in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Monday.

DONALD Trump's former personal lawyer, who is facing potential arrest in NY, has declared his first loyalty is to his family and the country, signalling a willingness to co-operate with prosecutors against the president.

Ruh roh. If Cohen - now potentially facing any number of criminal charges - is putting family and then country first, then, um, he's not putting Donald Trump first. "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said.

Cohen declined to say whether Trump knew about the meeting before it happened, citing the advice of his lawyer. "As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process".

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes.

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. When questioned about Trump's attacks on anyone involved in the various Russia-related investigations, Cohen also refrained from directly naming Trump when he criticized such characterizations.

Stephanopoulos billed the unusual interview as a one-on-one exclusive, but Cohen was not talking to him.

He went on to completely distance himself from Trump by disagreeing with Trump's criticisms concerning the handling of Mueller's investigation, which have been harsh and frequent on Twitter. "One day I will answer", he was quoted as saying.

"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, '" Cohen said, taking issue with the way Trump has characterized Mueller's investigation. 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.

Cohen revealed that his loyalty to Trump is perhaps not as absolute as it has previously seemed. He said agents who raided his office and his home acted professionally.

Recall that two weeks ago, Stephanopoulos broke the story that Cohen was changing lawyers, and follow-up reporting by others indicated that there were some complications with the payment of his legal fees, which had been handled at least in part by the Trump Organization.

Daniels filed a separate defamation suit against Trump in NY, alleging the president libeled her by saying she lied about a man she claims threatened her to force her to keep quiet about the alleged affair with Trump.

Trump has denied all knowledge of wrongdoing by his campaign and calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch-hunt". I thanked them for their service and as they left. "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president". I don't want him to shut up, but I'll reserve judgment until he puts up. Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair reports that Cohen has finally accepted that Trump never had any loyalty to him and that he's on his own.

"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable".

"In that case, Michael Cohen would no longer have a Fifth Amendment right to avoid testimony", Epner said.

"It's not so. He's not cooperating nor do we care because the president did nothing wrong", he said.

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