In Legal Woes, Cohen Says He'll Protect His Family Over President

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen to break his silence in interview on 'Good Morning America' on Monday

In Legal Woes, Cohen Says He'll Protect His Family Over President

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in April as part of a probe into his business dealings.

In his interview with ABC News, Cohen finally broke with Trump, saying he would "put family and country first" when considering what he should do regarding that criminal investigation.

Stephanopoulos said he spent 45 minutes speaking with Cohen on Saturday, and Cohen's apparent loyalty to the president might be wavering based on his statements and responses. Last year, he told Vanity Fair that he would "take a bullet" for his longtime client.

Cohen promised it would be featured on this morning's Good Morning America which, this morning, treated viewers to about 10 minutes of Stephanopoulos talking about talking to Cohen, with more photos - this time color ones.

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation showed up at his home, office, and hotel room in April, much of Michael Cohen's time - and the time of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump, Alan Dershowitz, and so on, have been - has been spent arguing about when it had all of a sudden become appropriate to raid a lawyer's office.

"[Cohen] is going to want to know what charges could be brought against him before he and his new counsel decide when and what to "proffer" to prosecutors", said Stephen Saltzburg, a George Washington University professor of law and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice.

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

Trump lashed out at the raid as an "attack on our country in a true sense" and "an attack on all we stand for".

Trump has alternately defended Cohen, expressed outrage over the raid and distanced himself from the man who has described himself as a "fixer" for Trump long before he became president. "One day I will answer", he told Stephanopoulos.

After federal agents searched Cohen's NY properties, Trump described the raid as a break-in, an "attack on our country, in a true sense".

"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 also refused to answer questions directly about the investigation, telling Stephanopoulos he respects the prosecutors and did not want to do or say anything that might interfere.

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He did say that he doesn't agree "with those who demonize or vilify the Federal Bureau of Investigation". The FBI seized roughly 4 million documents from the lawyer in April raids on his home, office, and hotel room.

He declined to answer if Trump himself knew about the meeting before it happened, referring to advice from his counsel concerning the federal investigation underway in NY.

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. "I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands".

The interview consisted entirely of Cohen criticizing and distancing himself from Trump. He opined that it demonstrated "poor judgment" by those involved.

"Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is not sustainable", Cohen said.

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