Former Trump attorney says he will not be a punching bag

Former Trump attorney says he will not be a punching bag

Former Trump attorney says he will not be a punching bag

Attorney Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's fix-it guy, may not be as loyal to Trump as he originally said. "Its clear to me that Michael Cohen's loyalty still lies with the president", Avenatti said.

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. Under a court supervised plan, the attorneys are reviewing the fruits of the searches for items that are potentially covered by attorney-client privilege. But the hand-over of the vast majority of the documents taken in the raids marks an important milestone as Manhattan prosecutors weigh whether to charge Cohen.

In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, which aired July 2, Donald Trump's former lawyer opened up about where he stands with the president now and much more.

"I respect the prosecutors".

Cohen has retained legal counsel in his federal case and kept largely mum about his connections with the Stormy Daniels affair, choosing to defer to the fact he's under advice from his attorney to speak carefully about what's to come.

Cohen said he had provided documents to the special counsel's office but had not been interviewed by Mueller's team, ABC said.

Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump had directed him to make the payment or promised to reimburse him. I thanked them for their service and as they left.

Petrillo is a well-respected former prosecutor who has ties to the same U.S. attorney's office that is investigating Cohen.

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

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"I'm not gonna answer questions on this topic and would refer you to the President's outside counsel", she said.

Included in Mueller's investigation is an examination of whether Trump sought to obstruct the inquiry by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

That's certainly possible. In the interview, Stephanopoulos asked Cohen whether he could say that Trump told him to pay off Stormy Daniels, and whether Trump knew about the Trump Tower meeting with the Russians in June 2016. Cohen and his lawyer, Guy Petrillo, did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

"I don't agree with those who demonise or vilify the FBI", Mr Cohen said.

President Trump said he will soon pick a nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from the same list of people he announced during his election campaign, and from which he chose his first justice, Neil Gorsuch.

"I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way", he told ABC News.

Trump and three of his children - Ivanka, Don Jr and Eric - have also been accused by the NY state attorney general of violating charity laws in the operation of the Trump Foundation. "I respect our nation's intelligence agencies'. unanimous conclusions". Trump has insisted he was not aware of the meeting. In a statement released in February, he confirmed making the payment but said, "Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly".

And while he admits he's made mistakes in the past - what those mistakes are was not disclosed - Cohen says he is working to regain his reputation.

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