Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Hints He May Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

U.S. President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, in a television interview aired on Monday, declared his loyalty to his family and the United States and said he would fight back if the president or his legal team tried to discredit him.

Stephanapoulos asked Cohen how he would respond if Trump eventually starts treating him like an adversary.

"My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will", Cohen told ABC's "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos during a lengthy, off-camera interview Saturday night at a Manhattan hotel where Cohen has been staying for several months. Stephanopoulos tweeted a similar photo.

Michael Cohen, former lawyer for President Donald Trump, has spoken out for the first time since his home and office were raided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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"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. But in May his current lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, admitted that Trump reimbursed Cohen for a payment of $130,000 which Daniels claims was made shortly before the 2016 election in order to keep her quiet. He also called Cohen a "fine person with a wonderful family". Mr Cohen has previously said he acted on his own, with out guidance from Mr Trump.

"I want to answer".

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During the interview, Cohen declined to discuss specifics of particular cases and offered circumspect responses to some questions. "One day I will answer", Mr Cohen told Stephanopoulos.

"The New York Times and a third-rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known as a Crooked H flunkie who I don't speak to and have nothing to do with, are going out of their way to destroy Michael Cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will "flip", the president said in an April tweet. "But for now I can't comment further" based on advice from his own attorney.

Cohen repeated previous denials that he had any involvement with Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, but he refused to criticize the investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

"I believe it was a mistake by those from the Trump campaign who did participate", he said.

Again and again, Cohen refused declare fealty to Trump.

Nevertheless, he criticized the members of Trump's campaign who attended the meeting, saying it was "an example of poor judgment".

Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Cohen broke with Trump in characterizing the federal investigations.

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