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

Michael Cohen

Still, the clear tenor of the interview as reported by ABC is one of distance, if not outright hostility, on Cohen's part when it comes to Trump. Notably, former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates brought a prominent white-collar attorney onto his defense team before agreeing to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.

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The comments to ABC were Cohen's his first significant remarks to a major media outlet since federal prosecutors in NY raided his home, office and hotel room in April. He also said that his wife, children and the country have his first loyalty- not Donald Trump.

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

Asked about how he would respond to Trump's legal defense attempting to discredit his work, Cohen said that he wouldn't be "a punching bag". "I am not a villain in any story and won't allow others to try and depict me in that way".

Another point Cohen made relates to the question of who - essentially either Cohen or Trump - paid adult film actress Stormy Daniels to stay silent about her relationship with Trump during the 2016 campaign.

Now it's Cohen who's talking, to the media.

"I want to answer".

"I don't know why he would do this", Napolitano said. Cohen had said in the past he acted on his own when making the payment, but on Saturday he refused further comment on the advice of his counsel.

After federal agents first raided Cohen's premises in early April and seized documents, hard drives, and electronic devices, Trump reportedly called Cohen to "check in" and Cohen insisted he'd remain faithful to Trump.

Cohen is not attacking Mueller or the Federal Bureau of Investigation as his old boss does.

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Last fall in an interview with Vanity Fair, he said: "I'm the guy who stops the leaks".

"I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back", he added.

"When they [the FBI] searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". I thanked them for their service and as they left.

Cohen said that he couldn't comment on the advice of counsel, but noted that he has respect for those involved.

Trump said last month that he hasn't spoken to Cohen in "a long time" and that he was "not my lawyer anymore".

Among the many juicy details in Michael Cohen's blockbuster weekend interview with ABC News was one key piece of information: Cohen is ending his joint defense agreement with President Trump.

Business Insider pointed out that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had made the same move before agreeing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

If Cohen truly wanted to cooperate with prosecutors as he said in the interview, he would not be doing an interview.

If Cohen reaches a deal with prosecutors, the consequences could be serious for Trump and his family on multiple fronts.

He said in the tweet that he sat down with Stephanopoulos for an interview which will be discussed Monday on "Good Morning America, " but it wasn't on camera.

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