Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Michael Cohen: "My Silence is Broken"

Michael Cohen:

Stephanopoulos reports: "Cohen did not praise the president during our conversation - and pointedly disagreed with Trump's criticism of the federal investigations".

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. But in the ABC News interview, he said he couldn't comment on advice of his lawyer.

This follows Thursday's tweet in which Cohen stated: "My family & I are owed an apology".

"It makes complete sense in the world where Michael Cohen flips".

The former executive vice president of the Trump Organization also pushed back on Trump's characterization of the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" and said he accepted the "unanimous conclusions" reached by US intelligence agencies indicating that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

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Michael Cohen, a longtime personal lawyer and confidante for President Donald Trump, leaves the United States District Court Southern District of New York on May 30, 2018 in New York City.

Any other settlements with other women, and details about those affairs, including possible violations of campaign-finance or other laws.

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". Cohen had said in the past he acted on his own when making the payment, but on Saturday he refused further comment on the advice of his counsel.

"I don't agree with those who demonise or vilify the FBI", Mr Cohen said.

The FBI raided Cohen's office and hotel room earlier this year, collecting thousands of documents, most of which are being handed over to prosecutors.

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Cohen's interview with Stephanopoulos is likely to fuel speculation about Cohen's remaining loyalty to Trump, who he has said he would take a "bullet" for and would stay loyal no matter what.

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

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he told ABC News. "One day I will answer", Cohen said when asked about the payment and if Trump knew.

Cohen told Stephanopoulos, when asked if he had any regrets, that he "tried to make good faith judgments in the past", but acknowledged that he's not flawless. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents", Cohen told me. "I respect the Federal Bureau of Investigation as an institution, as well as their agents".

"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. As a vice-president in the Trump Organization who worked closely with Trump for a decade, Cohen was entrusted with delicate tasks including promoting real estate deals in Russian Federation and coordinating payoffs for women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump.

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