"I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone's defense strategy", Cohen said in a 45-minute interview on Saturday with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, excerpts of which were released by the network. "I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", Cohen asserted.
Stephanopoulos, who posted a story summarizing the conversation, said Cohen indicated a willingness to cooperate with Mueller as well as with federal prosecutors in NY investigating Cohen for possible election law and financial crimes.
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.
He said in the tweet that he sat down with Stephanopoulos for an interview to air Monday on "Good Morning America" but it wasn't on camera. In the interview, Cohen also distanced himself from Trump's approach toward Robert Mueller's investigation. He says he doesn't agree with people who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation like Donald Trump does.
Reminded that he had previously vowed to "take a bullet" or "do anything" to protect the president, Cohen said the president is not his top priority: "To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty", he said.
"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 responded that if he is charged with anything he would defer to his new lawyer in the case, Guy Petrillo, for advice. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it". "I would prefer not to be in this situation at all, obviously".
Cohen's shift in stand is triggered by Donald Trump's attempts to distance himself from his former lawyer.
Unlike his former boss, who lashed out at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for swooping down on Cohen's home, hotel suite and office in April, tweeting "a total witch hunt" in capital letters and "attorney-client privilege is dead!", Cohen heaped unlikely praise on the Federal Bureau of Investigation agents for being "respectful, courteous and professional" as they were searching his property. "I respect the process", Cohen told Stephanopoulos.
Prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible bank and tax fraud, possible campaign law violations linked to a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, and other matters related to Trump's campaign, a person familiar with the investigation has told Reuters. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions", Cohen said, without explicitly stating that Trump has made such denials.
"I'm not going to weigh in to this issue and I refer you to outside counsel", she said.
In a very telling indicator, Cohen broke with Donald Trump and his current lawyer Rudy Giuliani's attempts to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, saying he doesn't like the term "witch hunt", the president's favored epithet on Twitter against the Mueller probe.
"I want to answer". But he says that - in the ABC interview that he offered the equivalent of a handshake to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cohen refused to criticize U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and he condemned Russian Federation for interfering in the election, the ABC report said.
Cohen also called Trump campaign associates' 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Russians promising dirt on Hillary Clinton "an example of poor judgment", but declined to answer whether Trump knew about the meeting before it occurred.
Never heard of abuse. "Obviously, we'll talk with whoever is doing the investigation" to obtain justice for any victims, he said. Jim Jordan hasn't been truthful when asserting he was unaware of allegations that a now-dead team doctor was abusing athletes.
On Instagram , she shared a glimpse of how it went down by posting a screenshot of a conversation with Jared Eng of Just Jared . McPhee revealed the details of Foster's proposal via a text message screenshot on Instagram .
He says engineers at eDataSource occasionally reviewed emails when building and improving software algorithms. It's said to have let workers read "thousands" of emails to help train its app's "smart reply" feature.
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Grant is a stout defender and he has played in more games over the last two years than any other two-year stretch in his career. The Thunder will regret that contract by the end of it and the Lakers will look back on not getting him as a big win.
Susan Collins (R-Maine), in the hopes that they could sway one of their votes based on their support of abortion rights. Appeals Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett of IN , who is one of seven judges considered to be front-runners.
Capela earned just $2.3 million last season, which was a bargain for Houston , given the numbers and value they got from him . He was referring to Rockets' run to the Western Conference Finals where they took the Golden State Warriors to seven games.
Now that rescuers have found the boys alive and in good condition, they are giving them high protein liquid food and antibiotics. Rescuers are pumping water in huge volumes out of the cave, fully aware that more rain is scheduled over the coming few days.
Sadly, it seems to be confusing subscribers because it has also changed the other tiers in inconsistent ways. And those on the Standard tier found their access limited to just the one device at a time, down from two.
Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province´s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin. The move is part of the federal government's climate change adaptation in expectation of more frequent heat events.
Vettel takes fastest time headed into British Grand Prix
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Sweden inspired by heavyweights' fall at the World Cup
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Ousted Pakistani PM Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison
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Madison Keys latest seed to suffer surprise exit
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Verstappen engine protected after Ricciardo exit
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President Trump meets with several Supreme Court contenders
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Brazil, England and France Favorites Ahead of Quarter Finals
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Brazil's Neymar should drop the injury act
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Inside LeBron James' Plan to Take Over Hollywood
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Amazon Prime Day 2018 announced with $130 Echo Show deal
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