Cohen told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that "my wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will". I don't mean to be presumptuous but I'm ready to believe that "family and country" was not always your first thought on all these occasions, but I am a suspicious bastid about such things.
"Some people are speculating that this is Michael Cohen making a final threat/plea to POTUS for a pardon", Mitchell Epner, an attorney at Rottenberg Lipman Rich who was previously an assistant United States attorney for the District of New Jersey, told Business Insider.
President's Trump's longtime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen signaled in a new interview a willingness to cooperate with federal prosecutors, even if doing so undercuts the interests of the president.
Additionally, since prosecutors have not indicted Cohen (the Southern District case pertains only to the issue of a privileged review of the documents seized in the April 9 raid on Cohen's premises), there is still time for Cohen to engage in multiple "proffer sessions"- that is, meetings with prosecutors during which they agree not to use his statements against him in future prosecutions - across multiple jurisdictions in the hopes of reducing the overall severity or number of charges that might potentially brought against him.
"I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The raid, he added, "was obviously upsetting to me and my family".
Toobin added that if Cohen cooperates with authorities, that could affect the Russian Federation investigation as well, which is separate from the federal probe into his business dealings. The question is whether he was sending that message to prosecutors that he would give something up, give up some information in exchange for leniency, or whether he was trying to communicate with the White House to ask for a pardon or money to pay his lawyers or something else from the president. "But for now, I can't comment further on advice of my counsel".
But the Cohen probe, being overseen by the Manhattan federal prosecutors' office, reportedly derived from material gathered by Mueller's team.
I don't minimize the general amusement factor inherent in how nervous Cohen's interview might make certain people who deserve to be made as nervous as possible. I also acknowledge that I am not flawless.
Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump, arrives at the U.S. Courthouse in NY to attend a hearing to limit prosecutors' review of documents seized from his home and office.
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"I want to regain my name and my reputation and my life back", he said. One day I will answer.
Stephanopoulos said that in several instances, Cohen broke with Trump in characterizing the federal investigations. Cohen's current attorney did not immediately respond for comment. Will he cooperate with prosecutors? In the interview, Cohen also distanced himself from Trump's approach toward Robert Mueller's investigation.
"I don't like the term witch hunt", Cohen was quoted as saying.
He was asked how he might respond if the president or his legal team came after him and tried to discredit the work he did for Trump over the last decade. "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. Mr Cohen has previously said he acted on his own, with out guidance from Mr Trump.