In his first interview with the press since his office was raided by FBI officials, Donald Trump’s personal attorney and fixer strongly indicated to George Stephanopoulos that he was ready to cooperate with the Mueller probe.
“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will. I put family and country first.”
Note, too, that he said here that he put his family and country first, indicating that he likely has information that suggests Trump or someone in his campaign did not put country first.
Asked again about previous comments in which he suggested that he’d take a bullet for the President, he reiterated: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”
Cohen has recently hired former prosecutor Guy Petrillo to lead his case. Once Petrillo fully takes over, the joint defense agreement between Cohen and Trump will dissolve, at which time the relationship between Cohen and Trump may become hostile. Expect Donald Trump to begin attacking Cohen in an attempt to undermine his credibility soon. Cohen seems to think he’s ready. “I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” he said emphatically. “I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”
While Cohen would not yet answer questions about Stormy Daniels or whether Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting before it took place, Cohen seems to have warmed up to the FBI (i.e., he’s scared shitless):
“I don’t agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI. I respect the FBI as an institution, as well as their agents,” Cohen told me. “When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional. I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands.”
Cohen also refused to criticize the Mueller investigation.
“I don’t like the term witch hunt,” he said, adding that he condemned Russia for interfering in the 2016 election.
“As an American, I repudiate Russia’s or any other foreign government’s attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same,” he said.
Pointedly, he also said, “Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable,” a reference to a Donald Trump tweet last week in which Trump said that he believed Putin when he said Russia didn’t interfere in the election.
Source: ABC News
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