Michael Cohen Hints at Cooperating With Federal Investigators
Given that the F.B.I. raided his workplace and residence in April, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump&rsquos longtime fixer, has been the concentrate of much speculation as to no matter whether he would ever flip on the president.
Asked in an interview with ABC News what he would do if prosecutors provided leniency in exchange for incriminating information about Mr. Trump, Mr. Cohen said, &ldquoI put loved ones and country initial.&rdquo
&ldquoTo be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this nation have my 1st loyalty,&rdquo he stated in the interview, which was performed by George Stephanopoulos and recounted on Monday on &ldquoGood Morning America.&rdquo
When Mr. Stephanopoulos followed up by pointing out that Mr. Cohen could be forced to choose amongst the president and his family, Mr. Cohen stated that his kids and wife &ldquoare my first priority.&rdquo
Mr. Cohen, who has not been charged, is beneath investigation for his enterprise dealings, which contain hush-income payments to females who have stated they had affairs with Mr. Trump. A single of them was Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film star greater identified as Stormy Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment from Mr. Cohen in the run-up to the 2016 election.
In response to the Monday interview, Michael Avenatti, Ms. Clifford&rsquos lawyer, suggested that Mr. Cohen was &ldquoplaying games.&rdquo
&ldquoMr. Cohen is attempting to get Trump to pay his legal bills & is playing games. If he has info & truly loves this country then he needs to come forward NOW,&rdquo Mr. Avenatti said on Twitter. &ldquoThere is absolutely nothing stopping him. If not, it will be obvious he lied to the public in an effort to paint himself as a very good guy.&rdquo
While Mr. Cohen declined to discuss specifics of the investigation with ABC News, he appeared to contradict the president&rsquos characterization of the special counsel investigation into ties amongst Russia and the Trump campaign.
For example, Mr. Cohen said that he disliked describing the investigation as a &ldquowitch hunt,&rdquo which Mr. Trump has carried out repeatedly, and that he disagrees with those who seek to &ldquodemonize or vilify the F.B.I.&rdquo
Mr. Cohen also stated that he has &ldquorespect&rdquo for the intelligence agency consensus that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sought to interfere in the 2016 election.
&ldquoSimply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable,&rdquo Mr. Cohen mentioned, once more contradicting Mr. Trump, who has mentioned that he believes Mr. Putin&rsquos assertion that his government did not interfere.
Published at Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:31:36 +0000