Monday, 24 September, 2018

Michael Cohen Says Family & Country Has Loyalty First, Not President Trump

Michael Cohen: Michael Cohen: 'My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty'
Faye Gross | 05 July, 2018, 03:41

"His issue is that he doesn't want to be criminally charged or sent to jail and have his family destroyed", the source said.

Cohen said he does not believe Mueller will find evidence that he'd had any illegal or improper dealings with Russian Federation. However, Trump - who first publicly denied knowledge of the payment - subsequently conceded that Cohen was reimbursed. "He wouldn't have to do this complicated dance in the media".

Stephanopoulos billed the unusual interview as a one-on-one exclusive, but Cohen was not talking to him.

"Ending the joint defense agreement with POTUS and the Trump Organization makes no sense in the world where Michael Cohen is going to fight", he told Business Insider.

Instead, it sparked a furious effort to distance the president from his one-time lawyer and undermine Cohen's credibility. "I would not do or say anything that might be perceived as interfering with their professional review of the evidence and the facts". Daniels has alleged she and President Trump had an affair prior to Trump becoming President.

The lawsuit also accuses Cohen of defamation over comments he made about Daniels' truthfulness.

White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not comment on whether the president was concerned about the possibility Cohen would strike a deal with prosecutors. "But I can tell you it is outstandingly aggressive". Cohen has zero incentive to stick by Trump at the expense of his own freedom and his family's well-being.

Cohen sat for an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

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If that happens, Cohen insisted that he will not allow himself to become a "villain" through Trump or his representatives. In April, investigators raided his home and office.

"If they felt that he had failed to fully cooperate, they would have unlimited discretion to refuse to give him credit for cooperating and the district court judge would sentence him as if he had not cooperated", he continued.

It's not clear whether Cohen has information that could help Mueller's investigation on possible collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice.

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. Trump said a few weeks ago that he "always liked Michael Cohen", though adding he hadn't spoken to him "in a long time". Cohen responded that if he is charged with anything, he would defer to Petrillo for advice.

Cohen's in the middle of changing attorneys, recently hiring former federal prosecutor Guy Petrillo to take over his defense.

Cohen was asked if he was considering cooperating with prosecutors in their probe. While he has not been interviewed by the Mueller team as of yet, he has already provided some documents to the special prosecutor's office. "I'm struggling here. Please help me out, '" Payne said. Cohen told ABC News in 2011 that "if somebody does something Mr. Trump doesn't like, I do everything in my power to resolve it to Mr. Trump's benefit".

Noting that he is not yet willing to spill all the beans about the hush payment he made to Daniels, Cohen indicated that he is very much looking forward to setting the record straight, but is forced to hold back now, at the advice of his legal counsellor, Guy Petrillo.

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