Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Hints He May Cooperate With Federal Prosecutors

Michael Cohen

But unlike Flynn, Cohen went on cable news to publicly telegraph his break with Trump, raising the question of what statement he is trying to make.

There has been much anticipation over the weekend of what Michael Cohen may or may not say during this morning's interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. On the other hand, if Cohen wants to cooperate, Petrillo would be well connected to get him the best deal possible. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents". Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, target of the Russian Federation investigation, also had his lawyers stop sharing information with Trump's lawyers right before he flipped on Trump and cooperated with prosecutors. "But I can't comment now on the advice of my counsel", he said. "As an American, I repudiate Russia's or any other foreign government's attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process". Cohen added: "Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance". Officials are also looking into a $130,000 payment he made to Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence on what may or may not have happened between her, Trump, and a rolled up Forbes magazine. "One day I will answer", he told Stephanopoulos. And here's the kicker: Even if Trump made a decision to pardon Cohen (a move that would set off impeachment talk), Cohen nearly certainly has state criminal charges to worry about. I thanked them for their service and as they left.

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When asked if the Trump team was anxious that Cohen may have tape recordings that exist without their knowledge, Giuliani was firm that the president was and is "clean as a whistle".

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex once with the married Trump in 2006 and carried on a platonic relationship with him for about a year afterwards.

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Cohen said he had provided documents to the special counsel's office but had not been interviewed by Mueller's team, ABC said.

In a May interview, for instance, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani told Stephanopoulos that Cohen was routinely asked to handle issues that could pose personal embarrassment to Trump, such as the claim of an affair from adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen said.

"Being part of a joint defense agreement generally means your cooperation is with fellow targets and you're sharing confidential information", Coffey said. The Trump lawyer says that Avenatti is "pulling the First Amendment out of his tiny bag of tricks". He also retained a new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, a former chief of the criminal division of the United States attorney's office in Manhattan. It appeared that Trump was distancing himself from his former lawyer and sending Cohen the signal that he was on his own.

"Simply accepting the denial of [Russian Vladimir Putin] is unsustainable". There's only one clear way for him to do that: Take the John Dean route and become the man who saved America from Donald Trump.

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

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