Michael Cohen Hints He May Flip on Trump in ABC Interview

Trump’s former personal lawyer says he’ll put family first

"I put family and country first", he added, signaling that he is willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors from the Southern District of NY, even if it does put Trump in jeopardy, Stephanopoulos wrote in a story posted on his program's website early Monday detailing the interview.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told George Stephanopoulos.

"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", he told Stephanopoulos.

Cohen promised it would be featured on this morning's Good Morning America which, this morning, treated viewers to about 10 minutes of Stephanopoulos talking about talking to Cohen, with more photos - this time color ones.

"Michael Cohen was not only the president's lawyer, he was his fixer". I thanked them for their service and as they left.

Cohen, who became Trump's personal lawyer in 2007, is infamous for paying $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels shortly before the 2016 election to keep quiet about her alleged 2006 affair with Trump.

The report says about 22,000 more documents are being examined by the Trump Organization and must be handed over by Thursday.

Cohen recently dramatically shook up his legal team, parting ways with his attorneys at McDermott, Will and Emery and bringing on Guy Petrillo, a former prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY. His profile reads "Personal attorney to President Donald J. Trump". "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said. "I am not a villain in any story and won't allow others to try and depict me in that way".

Cohen has said he would "take a bullet" for Trump and "grab" anyone who attacked Trump "by the neck". Does the Senate want to risk confirming a justice nominated by a president accused of serious wrongdoing by his own attorney, a president who might have committed actions that call into question the legitimacy of his presidency?

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Cohen's comments to ABC News signalled that he may abandon Trump and cooperate with prosecutors investigating his business dealings.

Mr Cohen's offices had been raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation the month before following a referral from Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible Russian interference during the 2016 election.

Cohen was also 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.

"Simply accepting Putin's denial is unsustainable", he continued.

Trump's longtime lawyer previously said he acted on his own volition in paying Daniels and that he did not plan on repayment from Trump.

"I believe it was a mistake by those from the Trump campaign who did participate", Mr Cohen said. "One day I will answer", he was quoted as saying.

When asked if Trump knew about that meeting before it happened, Cohen again declined to answer.

It's unclear if the investigation into Cohen is directly related to the ongoing special investigation by Robert Mueller, but Cohen says he denies involvement.

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