President's former personal lawyer says he'll put family first

Michael Cohen:

"On its face, the raid on then-President [Donald] Trump's lawyer seemed abusive and out of line", Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement.

"If Mr. Cohen really gave an "off camera" interview to @GStephanopoulos (whom I respect) for @GMA, he is dumber than I thought". She also reports that Cohen has been planning a big media push for some time - this is just the beginning. "The president asked him to do things that lawyers don't typically do".

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.

The former Trump lawyer, who once claimed he would take a bullet for the president, refused to declare allegiance.

Cohen did not specifically comment on what is under investigation.

Cohen is protected by the Fifth Amendment from having to testify about anything at this point, Epner added, saying there are three possibilities for Cohen moving forward. "One day I will answer", he added.

But the interview raises new questions about Cohen's allegiance to Trump amid his legal troubles and subsequent isolation from the President's inner circle. ABC News' George Stephanopoulos sat down with the former Trump fixer for a 45-minute discussion.

He paid porn star Stormy Daniels $130,000 11 days before the 2016 presidential election to cover up an alleged fling with Trump in 2006.

Cohen in the past has said that payment was made on his own initiative.

"Under these circumstances, Michael Cohen would waive his Fifth Amendment rights on all subjects related to either investigation", Epner said.

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

The bulk transfer was reported by court-appointed special master Barbara Jones who has been reviewing the material to determine if any of it should be withheld from authorities as privileged communications between attorney and client. But he also did nothing to dampen such speculation, taking issue with some of Trump's criticisms of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation and even going out of his way to praise the FBI. He also hinted that he would soon air Trump's dirty laundry.

Cohen's in the middle of changing attorneys, recently hiring former federal prosecutor Guy Petrillo to take over his defense.

According to another Cohen friend, whether he decides to cooperate with federal investigators would depend on what is ultimately in any indictment. Cohen and his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment. Will he cooperate with prosecutors? "This Fifth Amendment protection would continue even if Michael Cohen were to be indicted by the SDNY or special counsel Mueller's team".

And in a direct rebuttal to President Trump, who sent out a tweet last week repeating Vladimir Putin's claim that Russian Federation did not interfere in our election, Cohen added this: "Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable".

"I want to answer".

Cohen tweeted Sunday, using a black-and-white photo to illustrate, that he had spent Saturday afternoon with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"I'm not going to weigh in to this issue and I refer you to outside counsel", she said. Cohen said maybe someday he will share that information.

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