Michael Cohen 'loyal to family and US' over Donald Trump

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen to break his silence in interview on 'Good Morning America' on Monday

In New York, federal investigators are scrutinizing Cohen for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations as they examine his efforts to squelch damaging information about Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, including allegations of an affair by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. 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.

"I would not do or say a thing that might be perceived as interfering with their professional review of the evidence and the facts", Cohen added.

Cohen has said he made the payment through a Delaware-based LLC.

There are signs Cohen is actively seeking such a deal, significantly including his recent hire of a new lawyer, Guy Petrillo, formerly a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), the office now prosecuting Cohen.

Speaking to ABC, Cohen said that he doesn't "like the term "witch hunt" and refuses to condemn Mueller's investigation as the President has.

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"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", he said.

The FBI raided his home and office in April on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Trump has described the FBI's raid on Cohen's properties as "an attack on our country", but Cohen expressed a different view of the bureau's actions. If Cohen's ready to cut a deal on this issue, it could get very unpleasant for Trump, although the failed prosecution of John Edwards for a similar set of circumstances calls into question just how unpleasant it could possibly get. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen said.

"I want to answer".

If and when Cohen decides to talk about a possible deal, legal experts think he may have to sit tight for a while since prosecutors in NY may view such an entreaty as premature. Cohen is now under investigation in the Southern District of NY for possible bank and wire fraud and campaign finance violations.

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He also said he "respects the FBI" and that he will cooperate with the investigation, as well as with separate congressional inquiries into Russian election meddling.

"I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation". It's a far cry from his one-time boast that he was "the guy who would take a bullet" for Trump.

As the ABC report noted, Cohen's team at McDermott was in a joint defense agreement with Trump's legal team, led by Joanna Hendon of Spears Imes, allowing them to share information and documents with each other. The FBI seized roughly 4 million documents from the lawyer in April raids on his home, office, and hotel room.

"I don't like the term witch hunt", he said, adding that he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, told MSNBC on Monday morning that Cohen would flip on Trump "to avoid significant prison time", and giving an interview like this is an example of him "playing games".

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"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", Cohen said. He opined that it demonstrated "poor judgment" by those involved.

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