Trump's Ex-Lawyer Fires What Could Be Warning Shot

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Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen has said his loyalty will "always" be to his family and country over the USA president.

Speaking to ABC News in an off-camera interview released on Good Morning America Monday, Cohen explained he would not protect the president over his family if prosecutors gave him a choice.

But in fact, he told interviewer George Stephanopoulos: "My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will".

"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defence strategy", Cohen said in the interview, which was taped during the weekend.

It's quite a get for Stephanopoulos and ABC, as it marks Cohen's first sit-down interview since the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his office and homes in April. "It makes complete sense in the world where Michael Cohen flips". "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

"I don't like the term 'witch hunt, ' " he said, adding that he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election.

Cohen was Trump's self-described fixer and a key player in the Trump Organization for more than a decade, regularly berating reporters and threatening lawsuits against anyone who posed a challenge to his boss.

"Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance", Cohen told ABC.

Asked whether Trump had prior knowledge of both events, Cohen demurred, saying that he couldn't comment on advice of his counsel.

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.

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George Stephanopoulos's interview with President Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen should panic the president.

Cohen, who worked for Trump for roughly a decade, also stated that he would be a "punching bag" when asked if he was anxious the president or his supporters would attempt to defame Cohen in order to downplay his closeness to or his work for the president.

Documents and files were seized from Mr Cohen as part of an investigation stemming in part from a referral by the U.S. special counsel office probing possible collusion between Russian Federation and Mr Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

When asked about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels, Cohen's reply was, "I want to answer".

According to Stephanopoulos, Mr Cohen also repeated his previous denials of personal involvement with Russian attempts to interfere in the USA election.

President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, who once said he would "take a bullet" for the president, now says his first loyalty is to his own family, and that his decision to testify will depend on advice from his own attorney and not on his former loyalty to Trump.

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"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable", he said.

But he declined to say whether he thought Trump knew about the meeting beforehand.