Cohen distances himself from Trump, says family has 'first loyalty'

Michael Cohen

One such dramatis persona is Michael Cohen, the president's longtime fixer at the Trump Organization whose home, offices, and NY hotel room have recently been paid a visit by the FBI-and had a lifetime of shady business dealings tossed into very public view.

Cohen made his loyalties explicit in his ABC interview, saying his foremost obligations were to his family and "country", and that he would "not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy". I don't think he personally dislikes Trump. "But for now I can't comment further" based on advice from his own attorney.

The second option is that Cohen "flips" and cooperates with the government, taking a plea agreement with the USA attorney's office or Mueller, who is investigating Russian election interference and possible Trump campaign participation in it.

However, Cohen continued to deflect, not revealing if Trump knew of the meeting and if he had requested or promised to reimburse the payment.

Cohen was Trump's longtime fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen told me. Some U.S. legal analysts have said the payment could be construed as a campaign finance law violation by Cohen.

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

Cohen declined to tell ABC whether Trump urged him to make a $130,000 hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels shortly before the presidential election.

Between the beginning of the case and now, Cohen's aforementioned attorneys ceased representing him and Cohen's defense has also taken a different shape.

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"It's a barely coded message that he is ready to cooperate", said Kendall Coffey, a former USA attorney in Miami.

"When they [the FBI] searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family". "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way". Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional.

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.

In recent weeks, speculation has grown that Cohen will cooperate with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE as part of Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

Donald Trump. Associated Press/Evan Vucci Cohen hired a new attorney, Guy Petrillo, in June. This time Cohen answered, "I want to answer".

Ch-ch-check out a report on Cohen's interview (below). He also hinted that he would soon air Trump's dirty laundry.

"It's hard for me to figure out what his game plan is", he said, emphasizing that the government seized more than one million documents from Cohen and only a few hundred will be shielded through attorney-client privilege.

Potential witnesses are said to "flip" when they go from being targets of a criminal investigation to entering some kind of deal with prosecutors in which they agree to cooperate in exchange for a reduction in charges or sentencing.

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